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Labour to strip U-21s of benefits 'unless they learn key skills'

Unemployed youngsters should be stripped of state handouts unless they agree to training in vital skills, Ed Miliband is to say. He wants 18 to 21-year-olds to sign for a "youth allowance" on the condition they learn key skills.

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Labour benefit move 'very different from IPPR proposal'

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves has said Labour's policy to strip under-21s of benefits "unless they learn key skills'" is "very different" from a policy proposed by centre-left think tank IPPR last year.

In October the [IPPR] policy was all 18 to 25-year-olds, regardless of whether they had worked previously, regardless of whether they already had qualifications - A-levels, vocational qualifications, university degrees - and it was also restricting housing benefit for everybody under the age of 25.

So the policy today is a very different policy.

– Rachel Reeves

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