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28 April 2009

News coverage of police at Calais clearing feral woodland camps of would-be immigrants. Reports that the chief inspector of prisons and the children's commissioner have condemned the appalling treatment of children by the UK immigration system.  A cloudy mirror held up to the harsh issues of humanity...

I got the call from London radio station LBC at the tail end of last week. "Did I want to come on-air and discuss the budget's impact on young people?". "Sure thing" was my response in a nutshell. Should be a breeze. Then I pick up the Evening Standard on Friday night and see Frank Lampard's rant at...

Most of the press are majoring on the new 50% top rate of income tax for £150,000+ earners in their reports of the budget. No surprise there. After all this is going to hurt the pockets of the press barons themselves. The fact the government has today officially broken its pledge to halve child poverty...

I've just finished watching the Budget and already the responses are flooding my inbox from End Child Poverty and the like. Presumably they write them in advance and tweak while the budget is going on. It seems like the main points for our sector are: £260m for young people to gain skills and...

David Willets wrote yesterday in The Times about "the Bridget Jones effect", which is fortunately not the lobotomy that appears to have been performed on that ridiculous specimen of the female sex, but the limited pool of young people, particularly men, keen on marriage and children.  I agree with Willets...

Coming back to the UK from France, where I live in a quiet news blackout for 10 days, often makes me think we are a very weird country. Over there, there are problems and a heated debate in the marketplace about how to survive and solve things. Direct action is acceptable, so fishing boats become the...

I know having a go at the Daily Mail is like shooting fish in a barrel, but its coverage of new parenting qualifications for pregnant teenagers and young parents has really irked me. Obviously the paper is up in arms, and obviously it cites "family campaigners" frothing about the accreditations encouraging...

It's kind of Orwellian, but also kind of true - Gordon Brown, writing in that august publication The News of the World on Sunday, unveiled plans to place an expectation on young people that they would do 50 hours of community service by the time they are 19. My first instinct on this is to be completely...

One of our long-held beliefs at Changemakers is that historically there were lots of opportunities  for young people to volunteer, either for CV related reasons or pure altruism, but the young people those schemes  reached were the ones that had the resources to find those opportunities themselves.  ...

I was reading Shot By Both Sides, the blog of the estimable Kerry McCarthy.  She wrote about a motion that the Youth Parliament should be allowed to use the Commons chamber for a debate during recess.  The Youth Parliament is allowed to use the Lords, and they were trying to get the same access to the...