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A lost generation?

02 January 2014

The Macquarie Youth Index report from the Prince’s Trust makes shocking reading, but doesn’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know – I have drawn on that report for many years. What is different today is that the media has actually picked it up. The fact that 21 per cent of unemployed young...

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Justice for Simon Hughes

20 December 2013

As someone who has consistently opposed the decision of the Lib Dems to go into coalition with the Tories, there have been very few bright spots over the last three and a half years. But the appointment of Simon Hughes as a justice minister yesterday was definitely one of them. I am also delighted at...

A number of related CYP Now articles have caught my eye over the last week or so – all related to the thorny issue of youth unemployment.  As I reflected in my last post, even Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander recognise that the government is having little success, leading to a commitment within their forthcoming...

The debate about whether or not responsibility for youth policy should be sited in Cabinet Office or the Department for Education, is for me, if you’ll excuse the pun, a tad academic. The crucial issue is the decimation of the sector and I believe we should judge the relevance of this move by the ultimate...

The news this week that 12 Scottish children’s charities (including the Children’s Commissioner) are calling for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 12 is something that I would hope could be mirrored in the rest of the UK. Having successfully campaigned within the Lib Dems to make it...

In 2012, Nick Clegg appointed a taskforce charged with identifying effective measures to tackle inequality, discrimination and under‐representation affecting black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and individuals. The taskforce, chaired by Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece and including Baroness Floella...

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Biting the Ballot

21 May 2013

It’s a perennial problem, engaging young people in politics. One of the first challenges is getting them to make the connection between the issues that impact on their lives and the political decisions. For some, single issue campaigns are what fire their imagination, but that doesn’t always result in...

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Inspired by v

17 April 2013

OK, I admit it, I wasn’t a great fan of v when it was founded. I feared this would be another example of a universal offering that would only attract those bright young things who recognised the value of volunteering. I am so pleased to have been proved wrong. Alongside the CYP Now Awards I have to say...

With the Govian drive to recreate his own school experience for all children, I cannot understate my relief that pressure from the Liberal Democrats and others has led to his about turn on the E Bacc. As someone who spent the early years of my career teaching, I believe the best schools take a holistic...

It takes a very special kind of person to launch a new youth programme when across the UK we are seeing our sector so mercilessly squeezed. John Loughton is that kind of person and I felt immensely privileged to attend the launch of his new enterprise Dare 2 Lead last week. Generously sponsored by...