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Stand-up for young Londoners, Assembly tells Mayor

11 July 2012

The London Assembly today urged Mayor of London Boris Johnson to focus on a better deal from government for young Londoners following Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal to remove housing benefit from the under-25s.

A motion passed at a meeting of the full Assembly called on the Mayor both to lobby government and use his own powers to improve employment and training opportunities for young people in the capital.

Tom Copley AM, who proposed the motion, said:

“The Prime Minister’s proposal to cut housing benefit from under-25s would have a significant impact on many of the most vulnerable young people, particularly in London. It may not have occurred to David Cameron but many families do not have the room in their homes to accommodate their grown children, especially if they are being forced to return to a nest they have already flown.

The Mayor must tell his friends in Downing Street that this proposal would damage young people and undermine the mobility of London’s workforce. The Mayor should set an example by using his considerable spending power to promote training and job opportunities for young people in the capital.”

The full text of the motion agreed at today’s meeting reads as follows: 

“This Assembly notes with concern the Prime Minister’s recent proposal that a future Conservative Government would remove housing benefit from those under the age of 25.

This Assembly calls on the Mayor to lobby the Government for a better settlement for young Londoners and to use his own policy and procurement powers to improve job and training opportunities for young people."

Notes for editors:

  1. The motion was agreed by 15 votes for to 2 votes against at a meeting of the full Assembly today. Watch the webcast.
  2. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.