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Anyone who believes in equality must be alarmed at the Tory proposal to cut housing benefit to young people under 25.  As if our most vulnerable young people had not already been hardest hit with one million of them unemployed, the removal of legal aid and the cuts in a range of benefits. As Shelter...

A few days ago I took a tumble – not an unusual event sadly, I’ve always been rather accident prone!  I don’t know about you, when I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself I really appreciate being able to curl up in my nice warm bed… and have my daughter wait on me :-). However, my good fortune contrasts...

OK, so now we are going to employ unqualified teachers to teach, how about unqualified engineers to design our bridges, or unqualified plumbers to fix our plumbing, or unqualified doctors to operate on us? I am astounded that someone who claims to be on a mission to improve educational standards in...

A few years ago, as the result of some trouble with a group of young people on a particular estate in the town, my line manager and I were invited to meet the local police chief. It was one of the most refreshing meetings with the police I have ever attended. He asked us “what do you think our policing...

Thirty-something years ago I trained as a teacher and youth worker. In those days it wasn’t unusual to have school-based youth work with a member of the teaching staff combining both roles – and it was a route I considered at the time. As it turned out my teaching career was short-lived – I often...

It seems to me that the first responsibility of the mayor of London is to seek to represent all his or her constituents to the best of his or her ability. This means first and foremost recognising diversity – whether that be gender, race, age, disability or sexuality. This also means that no policy can...

Tim Loughton recently attended the Liberal Democrat Education Parliamentary Policy Committee. It was before the publication of "Positive for Youth" and as the person who had chaired our youth policy working group that produced Free to be Young, I was particularly interested in incorporating as much of...

In a recent letter to CYP Now, Janet Batsleer, chair of the Professional Association of Lecturers In Youth and Community Work, rightly draws attention to the damaging impact the changes in university funding and the austerity measures in public finance will have on youth and community work courses. It...

The news last week that Labour councillors in Worcestershire have refused to take part in commissioning youth services caught my eye. I have a particular interest with a background in youth work and also having served as a local councillor.  So, were I a councillor in Worcestershire I may well have been...

Yesterday the Centre for Social Justice published their latest report on youth justice "Rules of Engagement". I have to say I was personally delighted - the report provides a thorough and deep analysis of what needs to change in our approach to youth justice, having taken evidence from the field and...