Local Government Association responds to youth charter announcement

By agency reporter
April 12, 2019

Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, has announced that "a new Youth Charter will be developed to set out a vision for young people over the next generation and beyond."

The Government announcement says "The charter will reaffirm Government’s commitment to give young people a strong voice on the issues they care about such as combatting serious violence and knife crime, addressing mental and physical health challenges and concerns about the environment and climate change."

Councillor Antoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, has responded by saying: “Councils are fully behind the Government’s aspiration to support young people and help them to reach their potential, and it is good that the voice of young people is on the Government’s agenda.

“However if we really want to make a difference in young people’s lives then we need to invest in the local services that they want and need. 

“Investment in youth work training is a positive step towards making sure we have a well-qualified, highly skilled workforce, but councils have already had to reduce spending on local youth services from £652 million in 2010/11 to £352 million in 2017/18 as a result of government funding cuts.

“As a starting point, the Government should look to devolving some of the money spent on the National Citizen Service scheme to help reverse some of these cuts.”

* Read the government's announcement of the new Youth Charter here

* Local Government Association https://www.local.gov.uk/

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