Mr Miliband confirmed that Labour would embrace the IPPR’s plan to end out-of-work benefits for 18-22-year-olds without the skills needed to get a job. Those who took part in training would receive a means-tested “youth allowance” if their parents’ joint income were below £42,000 a year. The Labour leader said that such young adults should “sign up for training, not sign on for benefits”.
Neal Lawson, chair of the left-wing Compass pressure group, said: “Labour can never win on who kicks down hardest on the poorest. In a world of increasing job insecurity and precariousness , conditionality makes less sense.”