Cameron questions Brown over failure to tackle unemployment
By Vincenzo Capozzoli in Press
Published: Friday, 13 November 09 - 06:33 PM (GMT)
At Prime Minister's Questions David Cameron challenged the Prime Minister over the latest employment figures, and plans for cuts in government spending.
Referring to figures showing that the youth unemployment rate has reached a record high, Cameron asked if the Prime Minister about his failure to keep his promise to abolish youth unemployment.
"Does he accept that by any of the yardsticks he himself set – total unemployment, youth unemployment, the amount of time young people spend unemployed – he’s failed?", he asked.
Moving onto public spending, Cameron said that the "the state of the public finances is so bad" that "this Government is planning deep cuts in every department, including those responsible for helping the unemployed".
To reinforce his point, Cameron revealed a leaked memo from the Business department setting out £350 million worth of cuts to apprentice rates, the adult learning budget, and development loans. "Will he finally acknowledge that he himself is planning to cut spending by government departments next year?", he asked.