Many young people are financially insecure after cuts to the Youth Allowance, leaving just $35 a day for students to live on.
The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is urging the government to raise the Newstart and Youth Allowances by $50 a week to provide appropriate support to young unemployed people and students.
Andrew Cummings, AYAC executive director, believes financial troubles are distracting students from their work: “Young people are already disadvantaged in the labour market and financial hardship further alienates young people from completing education or finding work.”
With the youth unemployment rate now 16 per cent, Mr Cummings believes young people who rely on government benefits are much more vulnerable to unemployment because they face multiple obstacles to entering the workforce.
“AYAC supports the government’s aim to get young people engaged in work or study,” he said.
“But, this measure will simply make young people poorer, without providing genuine support to help vulnerable young people into employment.” – Charlie-rose Mielczarek
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