Youth unemployment is finally getting some traction on the political agenda. It is a big reason for unemployment remaining high: 44 percent of unemployed people are under 25. So far National has announced one policy, which it says is the result of Welfare Working Group recommendations, that would put about 2,600 young people who are receiving a benefit onto an electronic card which tries to limit their spending to necessities, and proposes a privatised form of social welfare to get them into work, education or training. Regardless of its merits, the policy caters for a very small portion of the 65,700 unemployed 15-24 year olds. Meanwhile, ACT is continuing to push youth rates as if it was the silver bullet. This ignores the fundamental starting point: youth unemployment is a complex issue which cannot be reduced to simplistic slogans such as youth rates, or short sharp shocks to “get them on the right path”.