*Train-Fare: Welfare-To-School would reduce homelessness? - your

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Tue, 1 Jun 1999 20:22:39 -0700 (PDT)

Would paying poor people to stay in school reduce homelessness?

Would such an approach work with
1) youth in the inner cities? (and/or with)
2) mothers on or leaving welfare?

If so, how could you convince politicians or others to fund "Train-Fare"
or "Welfare-To-School" programs where you live?

For a related article, see below:

FWD  BBC News circa May 31, 1999 - United Kingdom



     Gordon Brown wants young people to be rewarded for studying

Children from deprived backgrounds are to be given 40 a week to help them
stay in education, the Chancellor Gordon Brown has announced.

At a conference in London on homelessness, the chancellor has announced the
introduction of "educational maintenance allowances" which will encourage
young people from poor families to remain in school and college.

Mr Brown is set to promise that the government is committed to rescuing the
"lost generation of young people" who miss out on both education and work
and who are at risk of drifting into delinquency and homelessness

The payments will be made available to 16 to 18-year-olds in families with
an income of less than 13,000, with the money going directly to the
children rather than parents.

The scheme, which is set to be piloted from September in deprived areas in
inner-city London, north-east and north-west England and the midlands, will
provide a living allowance for school pupils who might otherwise be
unlikely to stay on in school.

Mr Brown told the Foyer Federation conference that he wants to change a
benefits system which at present provides more money for young people who
have left home than for those who have stayed at home and continued

"We must not only deal with the consequences of poverty, we must tackle its
causes. We are determined to provide a new future for the many thousands of
people who have been written off for too long, unable to realise their
potential," said Mr Brown.


"Our challenge amongst young people is to persuade them to stay on at
school or college, to take careers advice and to recognise the need for
even the most basic qualifications if they are to secure a job."

The Conservatives were dismissive, saying the "re-announcement" was "a
gimmick and a con".

"The government must come clean on how they plan to pay for the educational
maintenance allowance if they ever itorduce it nationally," said their
Employment Spokesman Damian Green.

"It is likely that they will have to abolish child benefit for 16 and
17-year-olds living at home.  All they are doing is redistributing money
within the household," he said.

The areas in which the payment scheme will be piloted are Bolton,
Nottingham, Cornwall, Doncaster, Gateshead, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Oldham,
Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Walsall and the London boroughs of Lambeth,
Lewisham, Southwark and Greenwich.


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