David Cameron calls time on the NEET generation

In his speech on Wednesday, David Cameron spoke about how important it was that all people under 25 should be earning or learning rather than relying on benefits. The move aims to bring an end to the NEET generation; young people not in education, employment or training.

Mr Cameron said: “There are still over a million young people not in education, employment, or training. Today it is still possible to leave school, sign on, find a flat, start claiming housing benefit and opt for a life on benefits. It’s time for bold action here. We should ask, as we write our next manifesto, if that option should really exist at all.

“Instead, we should give young people a clear, positive choice: Go to school. Go to college. Do an apprenticeship. Get a job. But just choose the dole? We’ve got to offer them something better than that.”