Groundwork

The ministerial merry-go-round has come to a stop again with a raft of new faces pledging to bring fresh thinking to some longstanding problems. A new children's minister will immediately come under pressure to resolve the SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) funding crisis and a new civil...

As we witness heatwaves across central Europe, freak hail storms in Mexico and simultaneous drought and flooding in India, even the most hardened climate change deniers are struggling to avoid the conclusion that something's up.  More than 90 local authorities (and rising) have now declared a climate...

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is not a place you'd go expecting to debate youth policy. However, in amongst the jugs of Pimm's and garlands of geraniums this year, questions about young people's place in the world were never far from the surface. The big press story - and the big public draw - was the...

The promise by Civil Society Minister Mims Davies to develop a Youth Charter is an important early win in the campaign by youth sector organisations seeking to build a case for a more stable funding and support infrastructure for youth work and youth social action. The fact that our parliamentary system...

It's a measure of the chaos surrounding our political system that the announcement of a contract to establish a £200m youth endowment fund to tackle serious violence crept into consciousness over the weekend. In normal times something as current and significant as this would have seen senior ministers...

It's an interesting sign of the political times that two weeks after Environment Secretary Michael Gove urged young people - "as future stewards of our planet" - to get more involved in protecting the environment, several of his colleagues took to the airwaves to point out that children walking out of...