To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Learning and Work Institute Unleashing talent: Levelling up opportunity for young people, published in December 2020; and what plans they have to create a youth allowance within Universal Credit.
3 February 2021
Thank you for highlighting the report by the Learning and Work Institute Unleashing Talent.
While there are currently no plans to create a youth allowance within Universal Credit, as part of the Plan for Jobs, DWP is providing a range of support for young people, in collaboration with the Department for Education, schools and other partners. This will mean whatever their needs young people can find the right support, education or training that can lead to sustained employment.
Our package of support and opportunities includes the Youth Offer, Kickstart and the wider options for claimants of all ages, most recently Restart - support for those most at risk of longer term unemployment, the Flexible Support Fund, an expanded Sector-based Work Academy Programme and the Job Finding Support service.
Taken together, this package will help to ensure that we can get Britain back into work quickly and harness the power of young people to help the economy to recover.