How the Spending Review will impact young people

On 25th November, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Government’s spending plans for the next year, in the 2020 Spending Review. This review, that usually covers 3-4 years, has been adapted to only cover one year, in response to the ever-changing situation of Covid-19 and resulting financial measures required. 

The headlines for youth employment are:

  • £2.9 billion ‘Restart’ scheme for the long term unemployed to get  regular, intensive jobs support tailored to their circumstances (specifics to be announced);
  • An extra £1.4bn of new funding to increase JobCentre Plus capacity to allow more people searching for work to get support;
  • For apprenticeships: incentives (money for hiring apprentices) extended until March 2021; ‘front-loaded training’ allowed for construction and health and social care from April 2021; and changes to the apprenticeship levy system;
  • Additional funding for Traineeships;
  • £291 million to pay for more young people to go into further education;
  • Increase in National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, with the latter being extended to those aged 23 and over;
  • Announcement of the Youth Investment Fund (more information to follow).

To read the 2020 Spending Review in full, click HERE.