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New Shadow Minister for Children and Young People
Rushanara Ali MP has been appointed as a replacement to Trsitam Hunt following his promotion to Shadow Education Secretary. Please take the opportunity of welcoming her to this new brief and asking her to press the Leader of the Labour Party to pledge for a dedicated ring-fenced funding stream for youth services in his 2015 manifesto. You can email her here - Rushanara Ali MP
Petition to Protect Youth Services
Youth services across the UK are continuing to be disproportionately cut as a result of the austerity measures introduced by the current coalition government. By 2015, youth service provision may have disappeared entirely in many parts of the country and could certainly be the first public service to disappear. We have launched a petition which we will deliver to Ed Miliband asking him for his commitment to a properly resourced statutory youth service to be included in Labour's election manifesto for 2015.
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New Choose Youth Manifesto adopted at AGM
A new manifesto 'Our Vision for a New Youth Service' was debated and adopted by partners attending the Choose Youth AGM meeting in London.
Government response to the first ever ‘Youth Select Committee’
The Youth Select Committee has published the Government’s response to their first enquiry on ‘safe, affordable and accessible transport for young people’. The committee mirrors the UK Parliament's select committee structure and gives young people the opportunity to scrutinise and hold enquiries into topics of importance to them.
Save Birmingham Youth Services
The 2013 savebirminghamyouthservice campaign has been launched and is making good progress. Everyone has been very impressed by young people presenting their case at Consultation meetings, and liaison is underway at a senior level with Birmingham politicians and key figures are working hard on behalf of the campaign.
The aim is to get this years funding in place and make arrangements for future years. Eventually pressing for the establishment of a statutory youth service.
Ultimately this means that the campaign must be for more central government funding for Birmingham Youth Service in particular and Birmingham City Council in general.
Planned activities so far are:
Meet David Cameron or a government minister in London towards the end of February and present the petition; Jack Dromey MP is leading on our behalf.
Collect short videos of about 50 seconds of young people having their say.
Hold a conference later in the year to raise the profile of Birmingham Youth Service.
Build alliances with other colleagues, community members, trade unions and politicians to fight these cuts.
Please help us with this campaign, support the rally and promote the petition.
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