Wait for the dole for 113,000 under-30s will have 'deeply disturbing' effect - Oliver Milman for theguardian

11 August 2014

More than 100,000 young people will have to wait six months for unemployment benefits under the government’s proposed budget measure, with social services advocates warning they face “deeply disturbing” knock-on effects.

Briefings given to various groups by the Department of Social Services show that 113,000 people a year aged under 30 will be denied the Newstart and Youth Allowance payments for six months.

After this period young jobseekers will have to commit to 25 hours a week in a work-for-the-dole scheme. The government will also require those on unemployment benefits to apply for 40 jobs a month, double the current requirement.

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Acoss CEO Cassandra Goldie: ‘The human impact will be deeply disturbing, as this isn’t a small number of people’. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

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