Young people out of work have skills and assets that are invaluable to community groups. They have connections in the area and can better understand the experience of others out of work.

That’s why we should campaign for a community allowance linking those out of work with those in work, not on the basis of their relationship to the labour market but on their relationship to the community.

This would support young people out of work to take their first steps back into work, developing their skills, experience and confidence. By enabling them to earn an income on top of their benefits and providing integrated training and support, it makes the money spent on the benefits system work for people and their communities. Indeed, for every pound invested in the Community Allowance £10 worth of social value is created.

Want to get involved in our campaign on youth unemployment All Doled Up. What will you pledge?

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2. Come to our events
3. Tell us your idea

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