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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.
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:
We look forward to seeing you in September.
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.
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.
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.
CREATING A STATUTORY YOUTH SERVICE - ROUND TABLE EVENT
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.
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.