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Decent jobs and wages manifesto

How can we get more people into work? What about your wages – do they help you live decently?

130 contributions

What they said

  • James Bevan says:

    Let’s not let hundreds of thousands of kids waste their potential on the dole. We should give a promise of a decent – fairly paid – to all young people who’re out of work.

  • Andrew says:

    We should ban zero-hour contracts. They make people’s lives and livelihoods precarious so that companies can treat human beings like disposable objects. By eroding the reciprocal element of mutual obligation in the employee-employer relationship, zero-hour contracts empower employers to effectively strip away all kinds of hard-won employment rights.

  • Cheryl Pidgeon says:

    We need to start a progressive council housing and infrastructure building programme with directly employed workers, quality apprenticeships ,and using sustainable construction practices to contribute positively to the environment and leave a positive and responsible legacy for future generations

  • Charlotte says:

    Raise the minimum wage as it really isn’t enough to live on

  • John McEvoy says:

    Give people a living wage and they will come off the dole start spending money and boost econmy.Austerity does not work.

  • Miranda Diboll says:

    There’s too much casualisation, especially in the education sector my husband works in. Sometimes contracts will last no more than a week. How are you supposed to plan and budget living like that? It used to be that you were rewarded with a good wage if you were hourly paid to compensate but thats not the case anymore.

  • Dave Semple says:

    The unions must fight for a living wage for all workers and those on benefits. We must unite behind a general strike to bring down the Con-Dem coalition.

  • Jill hallett says:

    The fiscal policies of this governentaredisgraceul echoing those of thatcher.this iscreating deprivation and social unrest with similar repercussions.

  • Gerhard MUllerKOsack says:

    I agree

  • Sandra Atkins says:

    I work part time and only earn 6.19 an hour. It’s not enough to live, I don’t qualify for housings or council tax benefit. I’d like more hours and better. I’m finding it very hard financially. I’d like more hours and better pay.

  • Cameron jones says:

    There is nothing for us kids to do down in Thanet we need something to do to spend our time while we are still kids

  • Claire facey says:

    I think that there is nothing for our younger generation to do and I find that this has made them turn to crime

  • Antonio says:

    More work.

  • Carl Hudson says:

    No, I’m a firefighter and we don’t get paid fairly. The cost if living has increased over the last 5 years but minimum wage has stayed the same for five years it seems we have reached a saturation point where it difficult to make ends meat.

  • Carl Hudson says:

    ..No, I’m a firefighter and we don’t get paid fairly. The cost if living has increased over the last 5 years but minimum wage has stayed the same for five years it seems we have reached a saturation point where it difficult to make ends meat.

  • Stephen says:

    Feels like there’s no decent job chance and leaves people in a vicious. I wouldn’t mind what job I did – just want a chance.

  • David French says:

    Seems to be all one sided cost of living rising but wages staying stagnant. The banks are to blame we need to increase minimum wage. In certain places wages should higher

  • Ruth says:

    Unfortunately I am Unable to work due to my disability. People’s wages are being attacked

  • Anna syvillo says:

    Could could increase minimum wages, high taxes and high living costs. Why is wages staying same and cost if living rising

  • Ruth says:

    ..Unfortunately I am Unable to work due to my disability. People’s wages are being attacked

  • Tracey kenna says:

    Wages are not fair, wages are not equal to cost of living. We should raise the minimum wage. Not enough opportunities for young people, produce more jobs. Regulation of the banks would have helped us not be in a recession . We need top look after our youth create opportunities.

  • Manahil zafar says:

    I think the wages are enough in this country and people can live off them comfortably. The government should open up more businesses so people who are jobless including youths can get jobs. Also the tuition fees should be lowered.

  • Iqra zafar says:

    I think min wage should be slightly raised. Not enough jobs for youth. I think the tuition fees should be lower so more people can afford and go to higher education then they get more jobs too.

  • Warren Lee Cooper says:

    More jobs, especially for students as most of the time we’re over looked

  • V says:

    Provide more opportunities for younger people that is not in part exploitative. Paid training etc. more help for those who are stuck in a rut. More funding for creatives.

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  • V says:

    Introduce higher minimum wage to accommodate living costs which are sky rocketing.

  • Jake says:

    Money goes to those with money. Get rid of the massive divide between rich and poor

  • Rachel says:

    A wider range of apprenticeships in the performance sector. How can teenagers get a job when all require experience and nobody is willing to give the experience ?!

  • Julie gilham says:

    Wages are not sufficient, we need more training, schools need better education cutting education costs. Build people’s confidence with training and goal management. It starts with schools . A by more guidance for unemployed .

  • Channon Donn says:

    I think wages are ok in this country, the ratio to wages and cost of living is silly, different wages for different areas, I.e London should be slightly higher. More unions more information on working regulations

  • Emma Harris says:

    Times like these people need more help with mental issues, more money should be put into mental health funds, not taken out

  • Jonathan key says:

    Uncontrolled globalism has led to suppression of wages and living standards.

  • Helen says:

    I think that the got should make it compulsory for new buildings to be ‘green’ and insure that the investment and infrastructure to facilitate this is in the UK.

  • Jonathan key says:

    Crime, high commercial rents, and total lack of commercial investment has crippled southend

  • Nicky says:

    I’ve been working at HMRC for 31 years, when I joined the terms and conditions decent. But over the years these have been really eroded and now I’m not getting the standard of living my family and I expected. The government have pushed ahead with the cuts regardless of workers opposition, which is really unfair. It’s ordinary staff who’ve been hit hardest. We need to be more honest about saying public sector workers don’t get brilliant conditions.

  • Callum smith says:

    No we need more money to help us get through the economy

  • Samantha strick says:

    The job cuts are making people lose their jobs and then when they look for work there aren’t any jobs available which makes really difficult

  • Michelle Kent says:

    Let’s have a decent ‘Living Wage’. People need to feel they are worth something. The average wage in Cornwall is just £13900 a year, compared to £23000 for the UK. People are happier when they have more money to spend, things will start moving and it will boost the Economy.

  • Daniel Hobbs says:

    No my wages aren’t enough to live on. I work in a care home, I have to pay more for travel and things than before

  • Nick Bolton says:

    Let’s end unpaid internships please. Internships seem to be the only way to get vital experience needed to get a job and having companies only accepting unpaid internships means only young people who have parents to support them can afford to do them. Meaning that young people from less well off backrounds are at more of a disadvantage.

  • Paul says:

    How to get more people into work? well, try scrapping the climate change act for starters. It’s done more damage to the job prospects of th young in our country than Cameron, Clegg and Milliband combined could ever do. Oh hold on they passed ths law.

  • Peter Smith says:

    NHS, Education, Social responsibility????

  • Peter Smith says:

    We need advent living wage for all

  • Graham walker says:

    More concentration on local requirements regarding employment and more flexibly in recruitment

  • Reva Lewis says:

    I don’t agree with minimum wage, I don’t know how we would get more people into job but it is a major concern. Minimum wage is not does not give a decent standard of living,

  • Joanna Robbins says:

    Raise the minimum wage

  • Arn Dekker says:

    I’m not sure, minimum wage means we get paid fairly. I would say that minimum wage needs to increase because cost if living is high. Supporting manufacturing in Britain and stop firms moving business abroad.

  • James Youd says:

    Government job creation. Wages should be completely equal for all people regardless of job or otherwise. I call it socialism, some of us still think it is possible. Even if the Labour Party don’t.

  • Virginia Lavender says:

    Try to get young people into training for a skill, or mechanics. The country needs lots of engineers.

  • Jill Eastland says:

    Invest in the green economy

  • Graham Milbourn says:

    Pretty low in relation to the cost of living. Wages in Cambridge are high, so this is good. Get people to retire earlier maybe 60

  • Molly Warrington says:

    More investment to create more jobs; more attention to low-paid jobs in public and private sectors. Suggest redirection of resources from Trident to NHS and education (NOT Academies / Free Schools but local comprehensives)

  • Ann says:

    No, banning zero hour contracts, minimum wage is too low when the cost of living is so high. Back to 17.5% on value added tax.

  • Kiya rothman says:

    I think education is vital, however, children lack enthusiasm, therefore I think that would be a good starting, in terms of wages that current economical climate must be fixed before change occurs as it may cause another recession, however I do believe that once that is figured out then wages should be increased and more fairly spread, so those with jobs that make a difference to society I.e. medics and fireman should be paid more that say an office worker depending on their role.

  • Vicky hornsby says:

    More apprenticeships offered by businesses. No more unpaid internships. Increase minimum wage so people don’t need to claim benefits and tax credits. My wages are decent.

  • Monica says:

    Provide more jobs. They are claiming they creating jobs in thee private sector but we need jobs in the public sector, they are cutting nurses policemen,

  • Jody says:

    I was made to pay back £5,000 of housing benefit due to a technicality… even though I wasn’t earning!

  • Diane Morrison says:

    I work in the charity sector, get paid v low wages even though I have a Cambridge degree and a masters degree from London as well. I am committed to doing good for people but I can barely afford to pay bills and I can’t afford rent. The charity ector is necessary at the moment, we save the government money and sacrifice ourselves because we want to do good. But it can’t go on like this as more and more people in the charity sector are getting stressed, I’ll and are too poor to look after themselves

  • Howard Ralph says:

    I met these guys they care about the community and found it interesting

  • Rachel wildermuth says:

    I am 24 and have worked since I was 16 in the child care industry in different positions I fell pregnant last year about 4 weeks before I would have been entitled to maternity pay I was sacked but the previous month I was made a supervision of a baby room I think that the owners heard about my pregnancy and thought it would be easier to let me go rather than find a replacement. After this I had to leave my accommodation as it was damp ha

  • Katharine says:

    I started a degree in youth work under a labour government and finished under the coalition, in one of the very first lectures we were warned that youth work is often the first to suffer cuts, now I’m job hunting I understand exactly what they meant, cuts in services for young people have worryingly come about at the t

  • Justin Constantinou says:

    We do need to get more people into work, the question is how? The Keynesian approach, whilst it would make sense, the ruling class is not going to go for that, or at least not on a scale that will actually create growth and jobs. The other problem with the state investment is that it will be nationalist. I am certainly in favour of a national health service and the putting finance, transport, energy utilities under public control, housing ect,

  • Katharine says:

    At the same time as soaring youth unemployment, means the government need to get their heads out of the sand, closing services that engage young people do nothing to help raise awareness for young people as the best industries that are still employing people

  • Rachel wildermuth says:

    Mon 24 June 2013 at 12:45 pm I am 24 and have worked since I was 16 in the child care industry in different positions I fell pregnant last year about 4 weeks before I would have been entitled to maternity pay I was sacked but the previous month I was made a supervision of a baby room I think that the owners heard about my pregnancy and thought it would be easier to let me go rather than find a replacement. After this I had to leave my accommodation as it was damp, I then moved home with parents, during my pregnancy I had lots of issues with money in regard to the job centre and a hospital trip I was told to switch to income support as my unborn baby needed me to rest to develop properly I was told to claim income support and was advised to close my USA claim but then I was told I was too early even though I had been advised by hospital staff. I had all money stopped for about 18 weeks, I had no income to live on and was told to apply for loans crisis loan and budgeting, now myself and my son are waiting to be housed by the council but this is taking too long and other people are getting housed as their needs are seen to be greater, I was told to apply for yet more loans to help with a deposit for a home but I am maxed out at the job centre, the council said they would help with some funds but they are now saying I can’t get a loan and they don’t wish to pay the amount I need. I have been saving money from my benefits and trying hard I felt like I had been kicked when the council officers looked down their noses at me and said that my 150.00 was not a lot, it’s a lot to me ! I have worked s

  • Jill Eastland says:

    I am struggling to earn enough as an artist for me and my family survive

  • Nigel Gawthrope says:

    A comprehensive programme of council house building. A renationalisation of public utilities and proper incentives for companies to take on apprentices

  • Justin Constantinou says:

    what I’m saying is there is still a role for the state to control some industries, but not wholesale. Instead of the Keynesian approach we should consider work sharing, because this is something that can be implemented on an international scale. This would also take out the competition element which puts downward pressure on subsistence wages through the reserve army of the unemployed, which is an inevitable result of our move to finance capital and deindustrialisation. Unemployment has been cranked up in order to restore profits, hence the austerity, we cannons continue with a system of 670trillion dollars derivatives market or 27trillion dollars sitting in the New York bank of Melllon, a investors bank which is hoarding investors money capital. There is an investors strike of capital in other words , because they still feel austerity has not gone far enough, to drive down wages and get the profits they want. It has got to the point where the bank of Mellon is charging investors to keep money there, so they are losing money, which is why they are calling for austerity. As comrade James Youd said, we need socialism, we need to supersede capitalism so that the working class can become the ruling class, work sharing, real training schemes at trade union rates of pay, democratic control over the economy ect.

  • Dave Farrar says:

    Take over the means of production – Wages pay the bills, the more wages, the bigger bills you can pay

  • Christine Pettengell says:

    Invest in council housing, create ‘green’ jobs. Campaign for living wage not minimum wage.

  • Charles wright says:

    I would like to find someone who knows how to find out about anything for people with limited stability due to a railway accident 24 years ago

  • Mark Gillings says:

    I worked as a warehouse manager for nearly 30 years, so have paid in national insurance and taxes. But when I lost my job 18 months ago – when the company restructured – I could get no real support. The only jobs that are available at the moment are part time (temporary) jobs. I’ve only been offered some 16hour a week jobs, which isn’t enough t o pay the cost of commuting and the general cost of work. I really want to got back in to work – it’s demoralising. It’s the people who are at the bottom who’re paying for the crisis. The government need to clamp down on zero contracts and temporary contracts – to give people stability. People need hope. Not everyone on the dole is a scrounger, in fact hardly anyone is. Yet people get treated like dirt. The main political parties don’t have a clue how people are affected. I want politicians to speak up for people in my situation. Why should tax avoiders be able get away with squirrelling cash away – when I’ve worked hard and paid my taxes yet get no support.

  • James mackie says:

    We should stop national insurance for both sides, employees and employers. Minimum wage should go up to £7.50 giving a wage of approximately £300. This would get people away from benefits and into jobs. Training needs to be a priority , costs need to go down.

  • Mo says:

    Training and education are key to help us (young people) to empower and build ourselves for the future. I have been searching for work for almost two years while building my CV with short courses in customer service, retail and even security as well as updating my IT skills. After realising that the jobs market is really competitive and jobs are really hard to get if you do not have a university degree or specialisation in a ‘high-demand-field’. Therefore I tried to do an access to higher learning course which would enable me to study at university to become a physiotherapist. My course was paid for as I was on benefits at the time, however, I was not entitled to any support with my living costs, housing, etc. As far as minimum wage is concerned, it is simply too low as our living costs continue to rise

  • Helen says:

    People need permanent employment so they can plan their lives and afford decent housing. The growth of the use of zero hours contracts leads to insecure and miserable lives.

  • Clive says:

    Make wages better, leaving benefits you’re worse off. Raise the amount of hours you can work, without losing benefits. I don’t get wages, I’d like to get back on benefits and not lose my capital for my daughters. I can’t afford to pay for council tax, dental care, rent,pescriptions

  • Salad Dodger says:

    There aren’t enough jobs for people because companies are allowed to replace humans with robots. It’s illegal to make a person redundant when the work they are doing still needs to be done, so why is it legal when the work will be done by a machine? The loss of customer service and retail jobs affects the whole community. Machines might cut costs for the consumer, but we wouldn’t need them to if we had the jobs!

  • Jan Ainsley says:

    There are masses of jobs which could be created based on need eg housing, education., environment etc etc.

  • Sara brown says:

    I believe the bedroom tax is absolutely awful you are hitting the poorest people young and old potentionally making them sick with worry and stress not knowing where they will end up it is criminal

  • Matt Widdowson says:

    Tighter regulation for Employment Agencies and greater rights for agency workers

  • Matt Widdowson says:

    Make the minimum wage the same as the living wage

  • Martin fore man says:

    Stop cutting public services and create. Services that the public need. Guarantee apprenticeships to support the million under 25 year olds .

  • Verity says:

    More apprenticeships, opportunities for young people and the chance to help build a better britain

  • David wainwright says:

    Start up the council house building programme again

  • Yogendra says:

    Please raise the national minimum wage it’s enough to live and sustain

  • Hamza bilimoria says:

    Wage increases aren’t high or fast enough because of inflation everything is getting more expensive

  • Julie Harrison says:

    Wages are rubbish. It’s not enough for me to live comfortably, especially after bills etc.

  • Sean kettle says:

    Introduce Robin Hood tax

  • Karen o'reardon says:

    Stop penny pinching and start looking after the English people and giving the families a break and give them the best NHS and education for the children their are so many kids with Dyslexia who are left in taught in schools because schools are so far behind being Dyslexic friendly

  • Karen o,reardon says:

    Give employers money to help them train young school leavers and give homeless a chance of a job too an

  • Rosi Leivas says:

    It could be better

  • Stephen Fletcher says:

    Travelling to job interviews are very expensive. I’m unemployed and looking for work very hard, recently I had three job interviews in one week, to get to them on bus and train it cost over £30 which left little money for bills and looking after my young son. I want to find a good job but we need help.

  • Colin Todd says:

    Re-nationalise all utilities and transport

  • Colin bates says:

    I don’t think the government are doing enough for ordinary peple

  • Philip Culmer says:

    The important things are full employment as an ideal, and a living wage. We need to stop using poverty level benefits as a stick to drive people into poorly paid work, and to subsidise employers. The government should be serving the people, not big business.

  • Susan Dover says:

    The place is looking untidy with nothing to do for young people

  • Peter Cairns says:

    The working tax credit is reducing all the time, so people in low paid jobs haven’t got a chance.

  • Anne says:

    Living wages is the only way forward. We need to be paid enough to live on!!!

  • Charlotte Wilkinson says:

    Make training a affordable and free if possible, more jobs

  • Amie says:

    People on benefits are given benefits and help with job allocation then people who have worked and temporarily need benefits. The help isn’t as easy for the workers. People on benefits seem to be able to choose their job option rather then just taking any job to get started. This is a common opion amongst the people I have met and peer group

  • Paul D says:

    The rich, the policy makers, the financial industry, all people of wealth and in power need to understand the importance of long-term sustainability. Our economy is built entirely on short-term growth, made through the sacrifice of the future. The only way we’re going to get this message across to them is through unionisation: through the threat of short-term losses, ultimately for everyone’s long-term gain. This is the only way we can deliver this message.

  • Stephen says:

    If wages are stagnating prices should be frozen too, costs of food and electricity are rocketing.

  • David says:

    Wages aren’t high enough, companies want to pay as little as they can. It’s the poor getting poorer with benefit cuts and the bedroom tax, they aren’t the ones that caused this mess, the bankers did. The anti trade union laws are making it difficult for employees to get a decent deal.

  • Michelle Mohamed says:

    There should give the British people the job

  • Kelly osler says:

    Somehow create more jobs and put up minimum wage a little

  • ghost whistler says:

    Introduce the citizens wage.

  • Mark O'Neill says:

    Austerity is killing the economy. We are expected to take the hit for the debts that the richest in society have racked up.

  • Aaron says:

    As a graduate from Leeds met university, I’ve left education and gone into work, I’ve been made redundant twice in the space of 9 months and can barely secure any contracted work, zero hour contracts need to be addressed its false economy and gives company’s the opportunity to profit and exploit people.. The advice I was given by the job centre was to sign on and claim as I’m better off, this is not the message we should be giving people. Move Britain forward by making the system work correctly rewarding those who work and making work pay!!!

  • Lord Jason crispin says:

    I think we should continue to support small business owners to grow and expand their businesses in order to create growth within the private sectors. I think more lessons in school are needed regarding starting your own business and what laws are involved etc. we need to inspire our youth and take away restrictions that stop kids from developing their ideas on a small scale.

  • Lawrence Nash says:

    Reduce the working week, as there are not enough jobs too many people. The extra few days left over, could be used as compulsory community work.

  • Reese shaw says:

    Don’t let no immigrants in, keep British jobs for British people. No minimum wage is not enough to live on,

  • Michael says:

    Decent days pay for a decent days work. Wages must reflect the job done. Make working wworthwhile

  • Patricia Seaman says:

    No cuts to Youth Services. Fight to save the NHS an attack on the NHS is an attack on working people. More affordable social housing one and two bedrooms and no to evictions as a result of the bedroom tax. Reverse all the cuts. Keep the NHS public.implement the living wage. Fund older people’s care. Fair pensions for all. No to public sector pay freeze but let’s freeze MP salary. No to children centre closures provide more affordable child care. No to youth unemployment to more. No to the rise in women’s unemployment do more to ensure women are treated fairly in the workplace. Put equalities at the heart of policy wand introduce accountability. No to violence against women and introduce a schools programme. No to academies and free schools equality in education for all. Repeal anti trade union laws. Save our children and youth services. No to austerity and legislate tax avoidance and evasion. Mansion tax not bedroom tax. More representation of the working classes in Westminster. No to food banks we should be able to feed our families we are not a third world country. Support the vulnerable including disabled people no to ATOS . Reinstate legal aid the law is not just for the rich. No to hs2 we only have one tunnel to mainland Europe where is the benefit and the business case does not stack up. Celebrate diversity and equality support migrant worker and protect them from criminals, ensure they have employment rights and fair pay.

  • Baz freeman says:

    Stop sending aid abroad give aid to hard working families here. Stop blaming labour,. I hope you lose the next election Cameron. Quicker you are out the better.

  • Jason Brannigan says:

    Campaign for employers in both the public and private sectors to pay the living wage. Organise workplaces in both the public and private sectors t o recruit both member and shop stewards to support them.

  • Helen says:

    Better support for single mums trying to get back into work.

  • Janice steel says:

    I can’t use a computer, and the best place to find jobs is now online. We should be investing in training for online cv building and helping people who are computer illiterate look for jobs .

  • Edward Turner says:

    People in the public sector seeing all the people in the government getting pay rises and they are stuck to 1% pay rises it creates such a negative effect on the country.

  • Xolani sillah says:

    Wages are too little, most jobs pay a minimum wage which is not enough for families to live decently though they may work full time.

  • Sam says:

    Start making things again. And what’s the point in keeping employment if your wages fall?

  • Grace Maddison says:

    Make tuition fees less, so then more people can ACTUALLY go to uni! Therefore less people will be out of job and on the streets. Logic guys!!!!

  • Jason holroyd says:

    Bring back the three day week, unemployed people will have a job and it will give people some self respect. Minimum wage is not enough, 24hours is now classed as part time is not good because you can’t any help. Employers are offering 8/16 contracts only which means there’s no help with working tax credits. We aren’t a profit margin we have family’s and bills to pay.

  • Claire John says:

    Lack of opportunity

  • Callum crane says:

    We need to use the space we already have, use the jackstones landing to make a music venue or something similar that will draw people from other towns

  • Neil Watson says:

    My main concern is that many people are failing the work capability assessment tests by atos healthcare. They are then forced to go to the job centre plus, on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The problem is then that the jobs are not there. So it is very stressful, with many people becoming very ill again.

  • Colin Hampton says:

    Full employment should one of the main priorities of government.. Unemployment is not the fault of the unemployed, therefore if the the government cannot provide the conditions for full employment then they should provide a benefits system that allows people to live in dignity.

  • Steve Funnell says:

    More job creation projects

  • Sarah hodgkinson says:

    More social housing more regulation to prevent unscrupulous landlords charging extortionate fees for poor accommodation

  • Andy says:

    Invest in infrastructure

  • Robert Fisher says:

    Stop companies bringing in workers from outside the Eu (normally India) to fill what they claim to be skilled IT jobs when they are actually often clerical IT jobs that thousands of UK people could easily do.

Community and high streets manifesto

Has your area been hit by the cuts? What does you village, town or city need to thrive?

48 contributions

What they said

  • Laura Murray says:

    What’s wonderful about Camden where I live is the huge diversity of people: all ages, all types of background, all coming together to make up a buzzy, lively, friendly area. I am terrified that the housing benefit cap is going to force so many people out of Camden that only very rich people will still love there. We need to think of innovative ways for councils to continue to house these people in the places they grew up, which is difficult considering the councils have no money at the moment.

  • Charlotte says:

    Better public transport. I live in a rural area and PT is none existent.

  • Miranda Diboll says:

    Its hard for small businesses in the high street compete again the big boys. Lets have some rent control so greedy landlords don’t cash in and eat into small traders profits. Secondly, we should make it easy for small traders to trade online as well as physically so they can have an income stream through online selling too.

  • Emma Warne says:

    Our local councillors do not seem to be representing the community that have elected them. They seem to be shrouded in secrecy, there is not enough transparency. There are too many secret dealings and not enough compassion or benevolence towards what the people want. They need to look are the grass roots people, the masses that are most effected by the cuts. To conclude the local council need to look after what the local people want and not what they want. It’s not all about profit.

  • Amanda bailey says:

    ..I lived out in the countryside in the deepest parts of rural Essex, my family still live there and public transport is a joke, the main busses run on a limited time scales and then they have to catch the village link busses to catch the main bus to take them to Maldon and onto Chelmsford. The village link busses are a joke they are nickname the missing link, it take theses small busses an hour to two hours to go around all the villages to pick up elderly and youngsters who can’t drive, to take them to catch the main busses from Burnham and latching don, which gets me onto the next subject of fuel, people who live out in the sticks rely on their cars as it’s their means of transport and the fuel, poverty in rural countryside is beyond the joke. As for trains only 3 villages in the dengie have train stations. With a limited timetable.

  • Maria O'Sullivan says:

    The council are cutting back on local activities (like the air show and the libraries). It is short sighted and is harming the high street.

  • V says:

    More arts opportunities and community based products

  • Jake says:

    The local governments converting all schools to academies and letting them suffer

  • Mervyn Harris says:

    I used to have a mobility scooter when I worked at Southend shop ability, but they closed and I had to give it up. In am on dal and as I am on the lowest rate I can’t get a free travel card.. I have debts and can’t afford a mobility scooter so find it really hard to get about.

  • Jonathan key says:

    Crime, high commercial rents, and total lack of commercial investment has crippled southend

  • Helen says:

    The town centre needs investment and some innovation to create jobs not superfluous initiatives on art and casinos – the council needs to work further in this direction as the towns fortunes should not be dependant on the whims of tourism

  • Samantha strick says:

    Evans in Southend, I use work there and now I have lost my job

  • Callum smith says:

    Yes it has because the shop my mum just to go Thomas just been shut down because it was too much to do with in the ecomony

  • Michelle Kent says:

    Sad thing here is although large Supermarkets on one hand create jobs, with the other it takes them away. My Town used to have 2 Fruit n Veg Shops, 2 Butchers etc etc, none now. Would love to see efforts made to bring people back in to the High Street. Maybe discounted Rates to first time shop keepers or something. If LA’s can give Charity Shops reduced rates why not put a scheme in to place to enourage new businesses to open up?

  • Daniel says:

    A lot of shops are closing down. People struggling to get to jobs.

  • Paul says:

    My town needs an extremely large team of diggers and earth movers to knock down what is laughingly described as a community and started again from the ground up. The people are fine but the buildings are crumbling eyesores. No regeneration to speak of and terminal decline is the only thing guaranteed unless something is done. It’s not fair on the residents of a once proud town.

  • Alison walker says:

    More concentration on local facilities and less selling out to big chains. More thought given to housing needs rather than expensive showpiece developments

  • James You'd says:

    Yes. A socialist government.

  • Virginia Lavender says:

    No, Cambridge appears to be thriving, in the city centre.

  • Antony says:

    Land value tax, & a moratorium on out-of-town shopping centres.

  • Ben says:

    Job cuts in the area, lots of redundancies. We pull together as community to help our town grow. The roads are not great, but getting better.

  • Molly Warrington says:

    Yes. More low-rent sites for starter industry; better opportunities for vocational education; more low-cost housing opportunities.

  • Kiya rothman says:

    Yes, especially in terms of children support, the children are our future and I feel that more needs to be done to ensure that they a good members of society there more should be done for education program’s and youth clubs that provided opportunities such as work experience, also more in terms of community needs to be done, for example churches and is dependant group need funding, I feel that the s particularly prominent for the older generation which I feel are not treated with then respect that they deserve.

  • Charles wright says:

    I asked my landlord for a ground floor flat as I know that soon I won’t be able to manage stairs. He is trying but hasn’t got back to me. I have asked the council to help but they said they can’t help house me. I have had to struggle to get the right benefits. I would like to have public transport to be able to accommodate all types of disabled aid.

  • Mark gillings says:

    We need to create jobs so people have enough money. They also close down a really nice community centre that ran good services for old people and others. I think we really need more of those kinds of services.

  • Helen says:

    The government attack on local authority spending weakens local democracy.

  • Popi Mahmud says:

    I work in sure start children centre my job is safe but lots of them lost third job and many families can not use the centre because it has been shout.

  • Wayne Naylor says:

    Leicester City needs a stronger offer for local people, not just for getting people from outside of the. City to visit. There needs to be a city centre development strategy that sits behind licensing control in the city that creates acuity design, in stead of having lots of similar shops, restauraunts ,etc in the same place that we create a social shopping area that lasts from one end of the city centre to the other. This would create more jobs, a better environment, a place people will want to visit and share the experience with others.

  • Steve Score says:

    Councils are being hit again by government cuts in order to fund tax cuts for the rich and tax avoidance by the rich. Councils should refuse to pass them on, Labour councils should set no cuts budgets. They could use reserves and borrowing powers to buy time to build a campaign amounts local residents and trade unions. Oppose ALL cuts in services

  • Rosi Leivas says:

    Yes, loads of cuts in social care, housing, homeless services, council services. Stop the cuts, invest in people and communities. Better working conditions, pay and a healthier society where people should be able to get help at all times.

  • Phil Culmer says:

    Cameron claims that small businesses are essential to the recovery, but he is driving them into the ground to steal their trade and money for multinationals. We need to stop giving tax handouts to big business, and fund rates subsidies to encourage the small shops that Our Gracious Leader claims to support.

  • Peter Cairns says:

    They’ve cut all the evening buses now, so most people can’t get back because the cant afford taxis. I know someone whose care at home has been cut.

  • Charlotte wilkinson says:

    There isn’t much to do for teenagers better community

  • Michael fitzsimmons says:

    More jobs

  • Michelle mohamed says:

    More investments in the community.

  • Kelly osler says:

    Yes our area has been hit by cuts there should be more things to do for children and events to bring people togeather

  • Steve Dales says:

    Hull has been hit by the cuts, west part library is now shut, a valuable local resource which has now gone. The other library is now only open in the mornings. I’m worried about the extent of the cuts to come, we may not have any resources soon. Especially with high unemployed local services are more valuable than ever.

  • Kalvinder says:

    Yes, community care is an important part for all areas and should be 1st class for all regardless of the POSTCODE!

  • Michael says:

    People brought up in an area should be able to stay in that area regardless of financial status. Tax bankers not bedrooms

  • Craigfraser says:

    Hi unite I think that people who are dismissed for false allegations against people who are not in a position to defend themselves with no back up and legal information to fight there case work issues and benefits.Unite could help workers to know there rights as well as benefits rights in the workplace and how to get jobs Craig fraser

  • Baillie says:

    Better police. A justice system that takes into account the evidence of those with mental illness. End mental illness discrimination.r

  • Janice steel says:

    Quite a few local businesses have been closed due to the cuts, lots more charity and loan shops are appearing on the high street. invest in more local business which will crate jobs . Bring back ship building – my father and uncles used to work here. Where has all that business gone and why aren’t we bringing it back?

  • Edward Turner says:

    Our town need more investment In the roads and transport needs to lower the rates so that people come back into the town to start business. People don’t come into town either because of the poor parking.

  • Xolani sillah says:

    I live in wile hall in a beautiful historic Coventry, my village has been affected a lot by cut. Wile hall coventry is very well known for crimes such as bugglery or theft. We used to have a lot of CCTV cameras and patrol officers, these have been removed and now criminals are back again, it’s no longer a safe neighbourhood.

  • Jason holroyd says:

    Bed room tax , it’s a bad idea as its taking money from local business too as people don’t have spare money. Town centre rent are too high which means they’re open for 6months and then they close, which mean people aren’t coming into Hartlepool so there’s no money being spent here. Lower the rents and make it easier for small buisness and create more jobs.

  • Daniel Duncan says:

    More industry more jobs more work, better community feel.

  • Carly gills says:

    More attractions, more things for young people to do. Most buses stop really early, leaves us stranded

  • Alex says:

    More business and not bit part jobs

NHS Manifesto

Is your local hospital struggling with cuts? How do we keep the NHS free for everyone and in public hands?

54 contributions

What they said

  • Charlotte says:

    Cut the bureaucracy, paperwork and non medical management positions

  • Miranda Diboll says:

    No more tax havens and more money in the coffers for the NHS.

  • Sandra says:

    Yes the hospital is struggling. It should be free for everyone.

  • Jonathan key says:

    Sensible realistic provision, with a tax system that works for eveyone

  • Helen says:

    The changes to the NHs have bought insufficiencies and confusion to the service. It is a disgrace that these have been allowed to take effect with such that the quality of care for patients is subject to even more of a post code lottery than previously – it is little wonder that Lansley wanted to devolve responsibility away from the minister responsible.

  • Michelle Kent says:

    The RCHT in Cornwall is in awful trouble financially. As Charlotte says may be the way forward is to cut out some ‘non medical management’. Odd thing is, they employ ‘Bank/Agency Staff’ at much higher rates, why not just get rid of Bank and Agency Staff and simply employ a few more full time Nurses etc

  • Poppy Damon says:

    Two things frustrate me with any conversation about health care. First, there is always an implication that health care spending “got out of control” when in fact New Labour did not go far enough in creating a healthcare system which equalled our European neighbours and what they spend. Budgeting should mean sacrifices in defence NOT healthcare. Secondly health cuts disproportionately affect women and minorities. We need a left government to re-prioritise and put health and education to the top of the agenda.

  • James Youd says:

    Yes it is. We need massive state investment and ripping up of PFI contracts. More doctors, nurses and support staff whatever their background. Basically socialism again.

  • Arn dekker says:

    Yes lots of hospitals are struggling with cuts. Cut trident and save money

  • Jill Eastland says:

    Get rid of the Tories and other mainstream and fascist parties Our political system needs radical change to preserve our welfare and public services

  • Molly Warrington says:

    Vote Labour. Stop constant restructuring. Give more voice to those with medical expertise better able to judge needs of patients.

  • Jo says:

    It’s becoming much harder to find work in the NHS as the cuts begin to take hold. We need to make sure that wards are properly staffed and that the management need to better understand what the challenges are like on the ward.

  • Kiya rothman says:

    Addenbrookes has been struggling in terms of facilities and equipment, I think that there’s need to be more fundraising and no more cuts to the nhs, also the amount of products that gets wasted in a huge amount, therefore a review of what money is being spent on needs to be undertaken, so money can be spent on what is needed and wasted is reduced

  • Vicky Hornsby says:

    Stop the privatisation. People not profits. A&e struggling to cope with demand.

  • Janet says:

    Lots of people being made redundant in health services locally with no prospect of redloyment. Added rook hospital is are making the senior theatre team being made redundant, Brookfield hosp rehab for elderly clear was temporarily closed and I think they are trying to sell off the whole hospital. They really did a brilliant job with my husband and it would be such a shame if we lost this service.

  • Diane Morrison says:

    Waiting lists are too long and especially for mental health there are not enough tools on offer to support people properly. There I not enough follow up after hospital treatment even at a great hospital like addenbrooke’s In Cambridge

  • Tessa Byars says:

    The NHS is one of this country’s most precious institutions and we lose it at our peril. To jeopardise it by opening it up to piecemeal privatisation will be an act of social vandalism

  • Tony says:

    Yes, staffing cuts, ward closures in local area. All A&E is taking way to long. Ideally legal change to prevent a two tier system. We need national legal change.

  • Tessa Byars says:

    I have just received the most outstanding care at Addenbrooke’s although it is clear that staff are overworked. Apparently minor cuts in staffing have an impact on the ability of all hospital staff to provide the best standard of care but the scale of the cuts will soon imperil the quality of service that only an internationally acclaimed centre like Addenbrooke’s can offer. We are mad to be putting local hospitals into the hands of Serco etc, whose ultimate responsibility is to their shareholders (including the hedge funds who provided the capital and sponsor the Tory party).

  • Tessa Byars says:

    The NHS is one of this country’s most precious institutions and we lose it at our peril. To jeopardise it by opening it up to piecemeal privatisation will be an act of social vandalism well surpassing even the destruction of social housing under Thatcher. That privatisation has been introduced by a coalition,ie minority, government with no mandate for such sweeping reforms is scandalous. That it was voted through by MPs and peers with vested interests in the healthcare industry is even worse. Where are the whistle blowers in the BBC and the press exposing the extent of parliamentary corruption in this respect? The Labour party should publicly commit to reversing these measures – it might surprise them just how much of a vote winner it could be. The NHS IS NOT FOR SALE!

  • Catherine Michell says:

    We are struggling with massive staff cuts. Raise taxes on the high earning. Get rid of Trident. Stop spending money on war and invest in schools.

  • Patrick says:

    My issue is with the rapid privatisation of things like healthcare. It seems that the populations interests are being sidelined by the drive created by capitalist accumulation. The state have a duty of care for its population, and we seem to be taking steps back entering something similar to libertarianism. I feel that we need to return to post war socialism, creating a fully employed population being supported by the state. It seems disappointing that the population has moved to the right in a period of economic turmoil. A socialist government would have empathy towards the population and support our interests as a people. This is what’s missing, a basic empathy towards the people.

  • David gladwin says:

    I’ve heard that nurses are short staffed. Get millions of people to support the NHS, rally together

  • Mo says:

    The NHS should remain a publicly funded institution at all costs as privatisation of the NHS would make living in the UK extremely difficult for everyone.

  • Angela says:

    Stop calling cuts to NHS services “Radical Re-design” or “Efficiency Savings” It’s not working out to be very efficient at all. And please don’t use zero hours contracts in place of a standard jobs.

  • Salad Dodger says:

    As well as improvements to the NHS, we need a culture change to encourage people to take responsibility for the areas of their own health they can improve. The health system has done so much to help us all live longer, we can treat and even cure diseases that once would have killed us. But that means there’s more patients and the money’s spread too thinly for any sort of reform to fix. The one thing we can do as a people is to try to eat healthily, get enough exercise and look after ourselves. I’m a recent ex-smoker, former binge-drinker, still a salad dodger and don’t do enough exercise, but I’m trying to change my lifestyle because I don’t want my smoker’s lungs taking up a bed meant for someone with a condition they never could have prevented.

  • Helen says:

    QThe government attack on local authority spending weakens local democracy.

  • Helen says:

    The NHS is too precious to privatise. The transaction costs involved in managing contracts is already significant and the recent further fragmentation of the NHS means more and more finance and contracts managers at the same time as providers are having to cut front line clinical staff to stay in budget.

  • Clive Hastings says:

    In the country in general there is too much paperwork for NHS staff to fill in, meaning they don’t have enough time to see patients. If there’s going to be more paperwork there needs to be more staff!

  • Jan Ainsley. says:

    I am active in Norwich keep our health public. As with all other aspects of the welfare state this is a disaster area. Gone are all the founding principles of the NHS. Thereis overwhelming evidence that markets ruin healthcare but the government operates an evidence free zone

  • Jenny leake says:

    All provision has been cut. I had to have an appointment recently, I had to arrange it all myself, and that’s fine if your able bodied, but what if you need help and support. And what do you do in an emergency if you need help.?

  • Matthew Finnegan says:

    The birthplace of the NHS is under threat. Health bosses want to close the A&E department, intensive care, emergency surgery and children’s services at Trafford General, the hospital where Nye Bevan launched the NHS in 1948. We need your support for our birthday celebration of 65 years of the NHS, at Trafford General on July 5th. Unite is fully supporting this celebration of one of Britain’s greatest achievements – our NHS. Come along and show your support for the NHS – and for maintaining services for local people at its birthplace, Trafford General. Visit for more details. Come and joint the party!

  • David wainwright says:

    Tax the rich

  • Karen O,reardon says:

    Go back to the old fashioned way of health care proper food and more staff, seen old people going unfed because staff were busy. Spent six months in Leicester hospital and the food was very poor and the training of staff are patchy

  • Rosi Leivas says:

    Keep the NHS healthy by investing money into it and no making cuts.

  • Dave hale says:

    Put and end to the working in partnership with other private sector agencies who are gaining inside information to prepare retendering of nhs community drug services.Whilst NHS staff are bogged down in the myriad of senseless and beurocratic policies, which prevent the meaningful face to face contact therapeutic contact with clients

  • Peter Cairns says:

    We need more money put in to it for more medical staff. I know people waiting for hip replacements etc that keep getting put back because the hospital doesn’t have thestaff

  • Mick Fletcher says:

    Money and profits for the tories. Not going to be long before its a complete mess. Hospitals are now full of graduates and it is no longer compassion based. So many are just out to look important.

  • Ron Gibbons says:

    The national health service is and always was the envy of the world. There has been a certain amount of wastage of funds but now people across the country have cottoned on and the talk is past governments and the present one are trying to privatise the national health service. We have all got to stand firm and write to our MPs and stand firm to say ‘leave our national health service alone!’, so it remains the envy of the world for a long time to come. Ron Gibbons, aged 84, Bristol

  • Kay says:

    Get volunteers I’d happily do it x

  • Steve Dales says:

    100 100 million pounds of cuts are coming to our local NHS trust, wards are already closing and hospitals are struggling.

  • A beer SHaaban says:

    Cuts in NHS are affecting quality of service. Resources are needed to maintain a safe, timely and high quality service

  • Steffan Moss says:

    Get your hands off the NHS. Put your hands in your own pocket. Get real. Put your hands I’m your own pocket and not the poor. Who’s murdering who?

  • Jason crispin says:

    People should be encouraged to go private with their health care and be rewarded more for doing so. NHs should cover the most basic of services but with a greater private sector in healthcare will bring more money into healthcare and that can reflect in research and other peripheral activities that will ultimately improve our position in the world as healthcare leaders.

  • Reese says:

    Don’t let any international businesses getting involved in the NHS.

  • Darren smith says:

    We should bring Bupa Management into the NHs with competitive wages, to help it get back on its feet.they know what is needed ,run it like a private enterprise but with public money . Then the tax payer will get value for money.

  • Helen says:

    More funding for maternity services so expectant get the proper amount of care and attention.

  • Kirsty eason says:

    Yes it is struggling with cuts and staff shortages. We need to stop the suing culture and directors excessive spending and huge wages and ring fence the budget against any more cuts. Spend more money on staff to cut sickness and decrease staff turnovers therefore leaving them free to give better care.

  • Janice steel says:

    If I had to have operation, there’s no way I could pay for it. Less pen pushers and middle management, the staff are overworked we need more trained doctors and nurses, they should be able to work less hours to create more jobs.

  • Edward Turner says:

    Too many foreign visitors in the hospitals, there needs to be some sort of cut off point so that all British people are cared for. People come to this country to get operations which drains money from the NHS

  • Tom Oliver says:

    Keep going how this country has always gone. The NHS is best thing that’s ever happened to this country. Yeah it’s not without its flaws but we shouldn’t allow these tools from public school to take that away from us. Health care should not be privatised. Every tax payer is entitled to it. End of.

  • Jason holroyd says:

    Lots of Our local services have been axed in our hospital – a&e and the children’s hospital, we have to pay for travel to the nearest hospital is now north tees. 45mins away! The free shuttle has been cut, and now it’s costing £4 to travel. Why doesn’t the money in the lottery go to help the NHS. The priorities are in the wrong place, MPS shouldn’t get a pay rise it should be the nurses and doctors – they deserve it!

  • Ann says:

    The trusts have started to try and cuts costs by asking staff to work longer hours. – we now have to do 12 and half hour shifts. It’s bound to make work more difficult. Some staff opposed the changes, but they were pushed through regardless. It also makes it harder to give people the specialist care they need, as your tired towards the end of a long shift. I’ve had cut my hours down, as I’m unable to work longer hour and stay on my feet. There is also too much paperwork, rather than patient care. Meaning that we can spend less quality time talking with the patients. The introduction of nutrition support staff has been positive and helped ensure patients get more support and it provides jobs. There is increasing pressure on hospital places during the winter, particularly for older people. This means there are not enough beds and patients are being shunted around hospitals at bust times. The reduction in community services is also putting more pressure on the NHS- particularly A&E, as there is less support in people’s homes. In fact, if we boosted community support – it would actually reduce pressure on the NHS. Social services play in important role in supporting older people if they leave hospital.

  • Andy says:

    NHS was created in times of austerity. We must not allow them to use this as an excuse to privatise it

Young people manifesto

With 1 million young people unemployed, how do we give our workers of tomorrow some respect today?

52 contributions

What they said

  • James says:

    I can’t get a job because I can’t get work experience. No one wants to employ young and inexperienced people in their workplace, so that leaves us unemployed and part of a statistic that we don’t want to be in.

  • Jane Lennie says:

    A new law for 10% of employees in any company to be under 25 and paid at least minimum wage, without sacking existing employees and the equivalent of JSA to to be paid to the employer for a year.

  • Miranda Diboll says:

    Our young people are our tax payers of tomorrow so we need to give them the best chance possible to reach their full potential. Baby boomers (60 plus) are the only group who, on the whole, are financially OK. Isn’t it time that we means tested pension and other elder benefits such as free TV license, bus pass etc. This would free up money for poorer pensioners who need it and we could invest in creating an economy where our young people can thrive and achieve their ambitions.

  • Colin Honeyman-Smith says:

    Jane’s idea sounds like a good one, but I think it should only apply to com panies with more than say 100 employess. Possibly on a sliding scale co’s with 100 to 500 empl;oyees 5%, co with 500 to 1000 7.5% and then 10% fo co’s with over 1000 employees.

  • Carol Williams says:

    Stop cutting back funding for our youngsters, why not cut some mps? How can youngsters give respect when we keep cutting funding for their futures? Minimum wage needs to go up – how can I pay for my energy on such a low income compared to increase in pricing. The fat cats get fatter.

  • Jonathan key says:

    Everyone works, unemployment benefit should be at a realistic living level but all claimants should have to carry out community work .

  • Jonathan key says:

    The drastic reductions in our armed forces borders on criminal negligence, we are in era of global uncertainty with our armed forces being decimated by short sighted behavour

  • Helen says:

    I think it’s a disgrace that young people are expected to work for very little – if anything at all from apprenticeships to interns. It seems that the wealth of the nation is expected to be even more with the 1% as they exploit young people. They work hard to get their qualifications only to be put down by people who have no idea what life is like outside Westminster – personally Inwould love to try and struggle on £65,000a year (plus expenses and allowances) and they complain of hardships!!!!

  • Samantha strick says:

    More job opportunities and people to realise/government to understand how difficult it is

  • Michelle Kent says:

    Get rid of ‘WorkFare’ for a start. Perhaps more Apprenticeships. Again, people and that includes younger people need to actually feel they are worth something.

  • Abraham Mayanja says:

    It’s really hard to find a job with no experience – which makes it difficult to actually get my first job. The last chance I had was work experience at school, so I’m struggling to even find a part time job. It would be great to get more support on things like CV writing. Also employers need to give young people more of a chance. It’s even harder if you didn’t do well at school.

  • Kiya rothman says:

    Education, providing work experience and workshops and maybe adding a work scheme to the school curriculum

  • Diane Morrison says:

    I feel kids are bored and watch tv to zone out. There needs to be more positivity in the news media and on tv programmes so that young people aren’t so pessimistic about the future. People need to get back to nature more, do things together and less of just interacting with screens. If kids felt more hopeful they’d value themselves more. They need to be empowered to make this world better for themselves and everyone else. Mutual respect for all generations is what is needed

  • Caitlin W says:

    Coming into one of the biggest changes/shifts of my life into adulthood and leaving home to go university in September. The main issue i have is that young people still aren’t getting enough opportunities or support economically and in careers. This means that every year another generation is being added to the on going cycle of unemployment and debt with no resources for help (such as work experience or apprenticeships) which means that no progress is being made in employing young people; who in reality are the future of our country. Going to university in September and leaving home for the first time should be just as exciting as scary however with the huge debts looming over us without even starting our courses it just starts our adult lives off in the negative. Our country needs change if we are ever going to give the future of our country the support and positivity we need to make our country strong again.

  • Jai says:

    2015 will be my first time voting in the general election and as a young person I feel like there is no party that I truly support or believe in. The UK political system needs a party or more policies that truly relate to young people and show that they care. Parties need to be more trustworthy in order to gain support from young people and work better with them to create policies directly related to them and based on their opinions rather than just facts and figures that aren’t reliable.

  • Bill schwartz says:

    Going back to social enterprise, this really important that we give demographic choice in jobs, feel ownership of what they do. Invested people do better work. Two kinds of value financial value and social value.

  • Mo says:

    We need to provide more skills-based training for the young generation of today as they are the future of our country.

  • Pete leeson says:

    Give people a sense a purpose, through education work placements and pay them well for their time. Try to eliminate debt from universities.

  • Salad Dodger says:

    We need better careers advice at school. I graduated recently still with no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t realise until I started looking for work that the pool of “professions” I’d been asked to choose from when we chose our GCSE options was so narrow and unrealistic. There are programmes that allow volunteers to go into schools to talk about their career and how they got there, to show there are so many different routes – this needs to be a core part of the national curriculum, to help kids choose a direction. Most importantly, to show them if you don’t want to go to uni or you don’t have the grades, you can still be ambitious and have a career!

  • Nigel Rudd says:

    My daughter had to work 6 days a week with no money, she only worked because they gave her food. It’s so unethical.

  • Nigel Rudd says:

    Young people are going to employers but getting turned away because they have no experience, but how can they get experience if they can’t get work

  • Nigel Rudd says:

    I train young people for a living. If I can train people with enough experience to get a job, that motivates me. If you can motivate other people, you can motivate yourself.

  • Jane says:

    My daughter isn’t in debt because we were able to help her with fees when she went to uni.. But many young people don’t have that help and I feel sorry for them, starting your life with massive debt, it’s not fair. There is no security, can’t get work, can’t afford housing. My daughter is working part time, doesn’t get sick pay. Everybody seems like they are struggling. At the moment me and my husband are ok, but for how long? When’s it going to touch us? It’s frightening.

  • Shelly Leake says:

    Introducing unpaid labour into the work force is a worrying step. It’s not helping people in the way they say it will, it just lets big companies get unpaid labour. It’s not proper training, it just taking advantage of people

  • Daniel Rodriguez says:

    Just respect, start treating people well, giving people a sense of pride. Not feeling like a robot there to forfil a meaningless task.

  • Matt Widdowson says:

    Abolish private schools, academies and free schools. Have a fair, quality comprehensive school system with kids of mixed backgrounds, social class and abilities in the same classrooms.

  • Jake says:

    Technology based jobs should not be limited to those who can afford university degrees. More work should be done to engage kids in programming and advance engineering skills.

  • Julie Harrison says:

    It’s very hard for young people today looking for work, some young people don’t want to look for work but that’s because they are not given enough chance or any motivation

  • Rosi says:

    To help every young person to achieve what they want in life, education training or work.

  • Peter Cairns says:

    There should be more apprenticeships and proper training and not just using them as dogbodys. It’s just cheap labour and explotation. Everyone deserves a fair wage r

  • Nicolle Morris says:

    Require less experience for jobs. Let there be more job opportunities available where experience isn’t ness scary. Surely only employing experienced individuals is discrimination. The reason so many young people are out of work is because all jobs require experience and qualifications.

  • Victoria macharia says:

    Changing the education system so it’s not a one size fits all system. Focusing on people’s strength so they can direct there talents

  • Benjamin White says:

    Stop the cycle of above inflation rises of housing costs, with the media and politicians all passing this off as a good thing. Aspiring to own your own home inspires good work ethics when the goal is attainable, but when it is continually pulled further out of reach with those supposedly directing the economy actively doing everything they can to keep high house prices high, and rental from get rich quick buy to letters and letting fees from cowboy letting agents eating up any spare change that is scraped together, is it any wonder if such a large number of the current younger generation give up?

  • Jade crancher says:

    Reward systems,giving people a sense of pride,fair paid

  • Charlotte wilkinson says:

    Reward systems for good work, make people feel like they are good enough to work in their chosen career, fair pay depending on what job you do

  • Amie says:

    Politics needs to be more access able to young people and made fun and interesting…. Take it to them I.e via the schools

  • Mike leaning says:

    Training, training, training. Experience, apprenticeship. Work experience.

  • Chelsea Wilson says:

    By offering equal opportunities, sense of purpose.

  • Michael says:

    Respect is a mind set, treat people fairly and square and treating people like numbers .

  • Steve Dales says:

    We need to value that we are part of a society, we’re not separate individuals competing against one another.

  • Peter says:

    Certain colleges could offer people work, to give people a strong work ethic, common sense the last few years seems to have taken a detour

  • Rebecca Shaw says:

    More work for stay at home mums. Struggling to find work to fit around child care. Really struggle with child are.

  • Wayne Doherty says:

    Push towards more academic subjects replacing more vocational subjects worrying.

  • Jason says:

    Well at the moment the big thing in Leeds is a sport called parkour but also if people care about getting a job in Leeds they really need to get them selfs in uni to make the most out of Leeds

  • Jason crispin says:

    Young people of today are lazy and arrogant. The government should stop supporting people that take benefit holidays and tighten restrictions that let people take benefits. It is too easy to do nothing, we need to change the mindset of the youth today and teach them employability skills that they seem to miss. I think a lot has to do with bad parenting and education should expand to their level as well.

  • Kim dent says:

    Give fair chances to all. Wether qualified or not

  • Stephanie Taylor says:

    I feel like the is no jobs and there is no personal help for us Young ones and I persoanlly feel like they needs to be a lot of changes for the future.

  • Janice steel says:

    More employers should be made to take on younger inexperienced people, to give them the experience they need. retirement age has increased so the jobs that should be freeing up are now un available because of older people still working.

  • Edward Turner says:

    There should be more young people taken of for apprentiships, allowing them to learn skills for the future.,

  • Jason holroyd says:

    We need more apprenticeships, it will take more young people off the dole, giving our youth the skills to compete. Schools should make youth do more work experience as part of their education. There should be specialised work places that help youth gain the skills they need for work.

  • Janice platt BA Hons, MAAT says:

    We need to encourage force business to develop and implement meaaningful apprentachips with good future prospects

  • Alex says:

    Young people are being exploited as cheap labour and law needs to be changed to prevent this. Need more apprenticeships not just all the focus on universities