Kate Hollern:Standing up for Britain’s young people

The future of the country depends on young people and the outcome of the General Election in May will determine what kind of future young people have.

This Government has betrayed young people, lied to them and let them down but Labour is determined that the next generation does better than the last.

That is why the Labour Party and Ed Milliband have launched a conversation with young people about what their priorities are for the next government. “Shape your future” gives young people up and down the country the opportunity to talk about Labour’s Young Britain manifesto.

The General Election comes down to a choice about which Government runs the country and who they run it for. We need to ask whether we want a country which works for all young people, or just the few at the top in our society. Your future job, your education, your home, your future depend on who wins this election.

A Labour government would tax the bank bonuses and put our young people back to work.

It would guarantee a job for young people who have been out of work for a year or more.

It will improve the quality of work available for young people by raising the minimum wage and supporting a Living Wage.

It’s also not just about work but about education. Labour believes a country can only succeed when opportunities are for all of our young people. That’s why the educational priority for the next Labour government will be apprenticeships and a revolution in vocational education.

A Labour government will make sure that as many young people leaving school are able to do apprenticeships as currently go to university. But we also want to do more for students heading to university, who leave at the end burdened down with debt. And unlike Nick Clegg and the Liberals we will keep our promises.

This election will also decide how easy it will be for the next generation to find a home of their own to rent or to buy. For the first time, Labour will give those renting the security that they need. And Labour will stop letting agents charging tenants, saving young people as much as £500 when they rent. In addition, a Labour government will also stop housing developers hoarding land, and force them to build 200,000 homes a year.

Elections are about choices and in so far as young people are concerned only Labour has thought long and hard how a future Government needs to focus on the needs of the next generation.

Author: Kate Hollern

Kate is the leader of the Labour opposition group on Blackburn with Darwen Council.

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