Youth vs. Politics

'What will get Britain's youth voting?' (Telegraph)

‘What will get Britain’s youth voting?’ (Telegraph)

It has been no secret that young individuals are not too keen on voting. One reason out of many would be the empty promises to young individuals. A great example would be the 2010 General Election; the Lib dem party promised university students a potential phase out in tuition fees and scrap fees for final year students within six years. We all know what happened next; an immediate tuition fee increase to £9,000 maximum. Young individuals are made to believe that society cares about them should ask themselves, where are the youth clubs those young individuals would go to after a stressful week or day? One example would be Connexions.

The governmental funded service, assist young people up to the age of 25.  The majority of Connexions across the country, assisting young folks in different fields such as drugs, finance and health, has been cut off in certain areas. Through connexions many young people would find employment and apprenticeships after being unemployed for an extended time. It is hard to understand why help centres for the youth and Connexions are being cut off when they were helping intelligent young individuals to choose a career path.

The aim of Connexions was to support young people with any barriers they may come across in their life. 14 years after the introduction of the service, Connexions does not exist in certain areas due to welfare cuts in the public sector. Instead of tuition fees being scrapped to encourage more students to want to further their education, the tuition fees are being increase. In addition the youth support system faced a scrap in all.

Furthermore, youth unemployment has been a major concern for the last few years. According to the official statistics (2014) around 47 % of young individuals who are neither in education nor training (NEET) are unemployed. This is surprising as the statistics claim that the 47 % in unemployed are available and looking for work. This just shows that there is not enough work out there for young people. Youth unemployment has gone down by 1.9% nonetheless, 954,000 young individuals are still unemployed according to a recent statistics.

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband

It is fair to say that the government has no clue when it comes to helping the young. Ed Miliband has been quoted saying that ‘Britain’s young people who do not have the skills they need for work should be in training, not on benefits’. The Labour party is considering introducing a training programme which helps young people gain more training. Instead of offering a support system such as giving them benefits. On the other hand, how are they going to survive on just training? Surely training alone cannot support them financially and this could lead to further debt and frustration within communities. The conservative party on the other want to maintain the capitalist society. OF COURSE!  By encouraging the youth to go into unpaid community work and placements or else no benefits will be given out to them, surely leads to further construction of a capitalist society.

In addition, an article in the Telegraph by Moira Swinbank (2014), reports that 80% of young people have campaigned on a political issue in the past year. This is an indicator that young people are interested in politics. Even though the argument of her article was that young people are not informed enough about political issues; I disagree. Politicians do not seem to understand the importance of helping out the youth to grow into a successful being whether it is in their household or work place, at the end of the day both socialisations make up society.

It is fair to say that the government does not know how to convince s to vote for them and how to solve our problems. Young individuals are interested in politics and would like to vote. Nonetheless, the political world does not seem to understand the youth, their ambition and their needs.  The Lib Dem party in 2010 was their voice, the voice that led them to even more debt after university.  So the question is what exactly do they want the youth to vote for?

By Heidi Boahen, Junior Writer for Daily Political View.

Further reading:

Connexions Service

Get the facts: Tuition Fees (Lib Dems)

‘Labour to cut youth benefits and focus on path to work’ (The Guardian)

Danger in Career Service Cutbacks (The Guardian)

Politicians should stop bullying young jobless people into trying to find work


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