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Ten Minute Rule Bill on a Statutory Youth Service

June 6th was an important day for the future of youth work and youth services.

Straight after PMQ's, Lloyd Russell Moyle MP spoke to a Bill in Parliament seeking to introduce a statutory youth service to enhance open access provision and secure resourcing for our essential work.

It was great to have so many young people and youth workers in Parliament, meeting their MPs and rallying support for the Bill. 

This could be the day that really changes things and please make sure that you contribute to other consultations such as the All Party Parliamentary Group enquiry into the youth service which is being held over the summer. 

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A call for action from LYP

A message from Nick & Loughton Youth Project ahead of the 10 Minute Bill reading on creating a Statutory Youth Service in England on June 6. Please share and encourage friends, colleagues and anyone you knwo to contact their MP and ask for their support. Resources available on this page.

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Our roundtable event on the importance of youth services and creation of a statutory youth service on the 23rd April, at the Palace of Westminster proved extremely popular and a big thank you for all those who were able to attend and thanks also to those who were with us in spirit but unable to attend.

The event saw young people, youth workers, lecturers, MPs and supporters from a range of national organisations come together, united in support for youth work, and youth services.

Have a look at the comprehensive and detailed article in Youth & Policy here.

We listened and debated the need for a statutory youth service, a notion supported by all, including a number of MPs and have the support of Cat Smith MP who has agreed to consult on the implementation of a national infrastructure for a country-wide youth service in a powerful show of unity for youth sector partners and players.

We are going to have to be focused and organised over the coming year to win and will send out some briefings to assist with campaigning.

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Labour commits to a statutory youth service

John McDonnell, Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in addressing a Conference of the General Federation of Trade Unions, an organisation that supports young people and ChooseYouth, commits to a statutory Youth Service as part of Labour's National Education Service.

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Celebrate Youth Work - Rebuild the Youth Service

Our drop in evening for MPs on November 6th was just one of many events that were held in support of the National Youth Agency's Youth Work Week.

Together with Tracy Brabin MP we held a drop-in session which was attended by MPs, young people, youth workers and youth organisations which provided an opportunity for Members to become better informed about the issues facing youth services and the youth workers that deliver them.

Even the Leader of the Labour Party recognised the huge contribution that youth work and youth workers make and sent out this message.

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Youth Work and Youth Services: Our Shared Future

ChooseYouth held a special open forum event on April 13th for all youth sector organisations who wished to participate in a shared future for youth work and youth services. We welcomed input from a range of interested parties and will be calling a meeting of the alliance in late September to progress the ideas raised.

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