Resources for youth improved
He was introducing 29 measures in a watered-down response to 57 detailed proposals resulting from youth consultation exercises held earlier this year. These were set up after mass protests forced the government to abandon plans for a workplace training scheme that would have paid young people below the minimum wage.
M Balladur accepted plans to increase civic involvement and access to information for young people. A youth card will reduce transport and leisure costs, and towns will be encouraged to provide easier access to sports and leisure facilities. Youth health centres and a free medical telephone advice line will be introduced and every school with more than 500 pupils will have a school nurse.
Measures from secondary school onwards will be introduced to help young people to find work. Fear of unemployment emerged as a major fear of respondents to the consultation questionnaire, which was returned by 1.5 million 15-to-25-year-olds. As well as improved access to training schemes, more young people will be eligible for grants, and funds for youth aid will be increased.