First Brexit, then the cut to housing benefit, what will it be next?
The Tories are dismissive about people under 25 because they tend not to vote, and Labour are failing to stand up for them too. It’s almost as if they don’t exist, but young people are our future and need to be represented too.
Last week in Manchester Sir Vince cable, the former Business Secretary attended a drop-in session for young people to discuss careers and training at a community centre in Manchester. He commented:
"Young people are seeing their future opportunities robbed from them by this Government's drive for a hard Brexit.
"Many of those I spoke to today are worried about what the future holds and how much harder it will be to find a decent job if the economic situation worsens.
"Labour are failing these young people by refusing to stand up against a hard Brexit and fighting amongst themselves instead of providing a decent opposition.”
Two weeks ago Tim Farron MP, leader of the Liberal Democrats, announced the Cornwall Lib Dem’s pledge to build 1,000 fair rent homes for local people, and spoke at length with one young person about the difficulties of getting on the housing ladder.
“It’s so hard when you have low wages and high house prices, which is why affordable homes for young local people to rent is so important to Cornwall, and why this plan to build 1,000 such homes is a start to redress the balance”
The Lib Dems have long fought to give young people a fair deal; our record is good:
- The only party fighting a hard Brexit and the future opportunities it robs from the younger generations
- Promoting the Living wage Foundation wage rates for all from 17, rather than the government’s lower “living wage” from 25.
- Creation of 1.8 million apprenticeships nationally.
- Support lowering the voting age to 16 because we have confidence in young people and a desire to listen to their voices and opinions.
- Raising the tax threshold, taking the lowest paid, generally the young, out of tax.
- Affordable homes to buy in Cornwall, for people with a local connection.
- A firm pledge to build 1,000 fair rent local homes in Cornwall.
The election on May 4th, and the postal vote next week, is your chance to have a say – in Cornwall it is a two horse race between the Tories, who have shown their contempt for young people time and time again, and the Lib Dems.
Can we ask you to vote for us, to send a message to Theresa May that enough is enough, and to ensure the Tories don’t control Cornwall?