Companies that take on under-21s will not have to pay ‘jobs tax’ | Mail Online

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So if George Osborne reduces companies taxation on employing young young, youth unemployment will disappear?

Unfortunately, as usual, Osborne is doing too little too late. Osborne has engineered the youth unemployment crisis with excessive austerity and not enough investment. Yes, at the margin, companies will be more attracted to employing young people, everything else being equal. However, employers will also worry about the commitment and reliability of young people, many of whom will be light on basic skills.

What has Osborne done to improve UK young people’s competitiveness with people of their own age in the Far East?

Any thoughts?


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  5. Dr Alf poses an interesting question to which the answer is “Nothing!”

    Our State education system, in the UK, is 44th in the world. We have slipped to 29th in the world for literacy and numeracy at all levels, and we have young people, 1 in 5 of whom cannot read, cannot write and cannot communicate.

    Parents, particularly from social groups C1, C2, D and E, are often not giving proper example to the young by and large by not valuing education, who cannot inculcate discipline, by not making sacrifices, being lazy and unproductive (we are 16% below the average for the G7 and 20th in the world at 48% for the private sector and 32% for the public sector).

    Our schools have a preponderance of left-wing female teachers who favor trendy teaching methods, sloppy thinking and are turning out testosterone deficient blockheads incapable of competing with anyone.
    To have full employment you need 3% economic growth, a stable and controlled population matched to the resources and size of the country.

    Our population is 70 million and rising at a time when the optimum figure ought to be 35 million people with many fewer old and economically costly people than we actually have.

    Where is the sense in letting in more migrants when we have a housing shortage of 11 million houses and just 100,000 new houses built every year to put them in?

    Our economic growth has averaged just 1.4% since 1946 and under George Osborne it has not done much better.

    The figures are alarming because there are 47 people for every vacancy now and with Bulgarians and Romanians coming in the New Year that will rise to 50 people per vacancy.

    What is needed is a realization that without a massive increase in self employment or migration of these young people at least half of them will never get jobs,never own their own house,never be able to marry,cohabit or start a family.

    They are in effect doomed to a life of unemployment,drug taking,crime and poverty within a feral underclass unless there is very radical action.

    The political will to acknowledge the problem let alone tackle it is not there but what is needed is clear:

    1) National Service reintroduced for a period of 2 years

    2) A wholesale clearout of trendy heads and teachers and their replacement by Army Officers transformed into teachers in a UK version of the American style “Troops to Teachers” programme

    3) Discipline reapplied in schools along with whole class teaching

    4) A much longer schoolday of 12 hours and compulsory language teaching by teaching in the language concerned as Carnegie Mellon is doing with software engineering graduates in China

    5) Pimsleur language training in Mandarin,Arabic,German,Brazilian Portuguese

    6) Sink schools to close and the children of the 120,000 disfunctional families removed to Army run boarding schools complete with drills,bed inspections,cross country running,PE and initiative exercises

    7) Business boot camps established as a halfway house for those who are not academically inclined between school,national service and self employment to get people to become self employed.
    Those unable to go to university and without any prospect of paid employment would be assigned to one of these business boot camps

    8) Saturday schools for the laggards/slow learners

    9) New Assisted Passage Schemes with countries like Australia for those rendered job ready and /or self employable

    10) Accelerated writing down allowances and Benefits recycling for the unemployed

    11) Variable taxes on foods and a reduction in annual holiday entitlement to 4 weeks including Bank Holidays unless and until productivity improved to top Global decile levels

    12) Systems built housing upwards into high rise skyscrapers and underground social housing to alleviate the housing shortage

    13) Improved food and nutritional quality with a ban on Aspartame,Fluoride,aluminium saucepans/cooking utensils,eostrogen contaminated water,e-numbers,Bisphenol A and excessive sugar and salt content in food

    14 Mandatory PE at schools and colleges

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