2 Sep 2011

ACT critical of fix for Labour mess

6:29 am on 2 September 2011

ACT says Labour is just trying to mop up a problem it created when it scrapped the youth minimum wage.

Under a new youth employment policy issued by Labour, dole payments a teenager would have received would be converted into an employer subsidy if they are taken on as an apprentice.

Labour says the $251 million proposal would ensure all teenagers were in work, education or training within three years.

However, ACT leader Don Brash says it's just an expensive bandaid for a problem that Labour made itself, when it scrapped the youth minimum wage.

Prime Minister John Key says it's another unfunded promise by Labour.