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Only Young Once - a bold vision for rebuilding youth services across the whole country

A message from our Chair, Doug Nicholls

It has been a long journey but through patient informed discussion with us, the leadership of the Labour Party committed to a statutory youth service and then, having looked at the needs and structures required to deliver this, Jeremy Corbyn and Cat Smith have today launched this pioneering policy. After years of austerity it is time for optimism and hope.

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Statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services‬

‪The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has finally launched the much waited review into the statutory guidance.

Call for evidence: statutory guidance for Local Authorities on providing youth services‬

The consultation closes 30th November at 11:59pm‬…/statutory-guidance-review-for-local-yo…



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Parliamentary debate on the role and sufficiency of youth work

The Government has tabled a debate in the House of Commons for Wednesday 24 July on ‘The role and sufficiency of youth services’. Led on the Floor of the House it is a landmark debate for access to quality youth work and services for young people. It follows a year-long, cross-party inquiry led by the National Youth Agency (NYA) to evidence the level of need and impact of youth work. 

ChooseYouth believes that there is an urgent need for a new, highly cost effective, nationally directed, locally delivered funding stream and structure to ensure  that sufficient youth service provision is made available to all young people throughout the year.

Please note that the Government-led debate on Wednesday 24 July replaces the Back Bench Debate on the APPG Youth Affairs report, originally planned for 25 July. Please also note, for those who had pre-booked to attend the Back Bench Debate and New Deal for Youth event - this will be rescheduled for the autumn; there is no parliamentary reception or lobby on 24 July.


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We need a New Deal for Young People

Rebuilding youth services for young people must be part and parcel of a new deal for all young people.

The recent report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on youth affairs, sponsored by the NYA, studied the importance of the Youth Service and Youth Work and made a number of very important recommendations.

Lloyd Russell Moyle and others were due to lead a three hour debate in Parliament on the findings of the report and wider issues next week but due to Parliamentary business being moved this will now not take place until September.

A hundred and twenty people signed up to attend the event and we are disappointed that we have had to postpone it but look forward to working with the NYA and MPs to ensure that we are in Parliament on the day to hear the debate broadcast live. As soon as new details are available we will of course publish them and hope that lots will attend and urge their MPs to support the debate.  

Useful resources about lobbying MPs are available:

Top Tips Briefing

How to lobby your MP

We look forward to seeing you in September.

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The government are finally talking about youth services

With the publication of the APPG findings it is great to see that government is finally talking about youth services and young people. The video shows Cat Smith MP asking Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, questions about funding for youth services, and the devastating effects of cuts to local government and its ability to provide what is needed.

If you haven't read the report you can dowload it here.

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Building a Statutory Youth Service - Labour Party Consultation 2018

Here's our response. We hope that partner organisations will also submit their own submissions to this important consultation.

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