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Are league tables right for youth services?

Youth services, it has been widely documented, have been disproportionately hit by spending cuts. But the quest for accountability over local decisions has led to the idea that league tables could provide an answer.

Is new youth legislation needed?

The IYW plans to get youth work on to a "statutory footing" to create a more "equitable" relationship with the government, but is that necessary when legislation already requires councils to secure provision?

Early intervention grant raises questions over fairness and bias

Against a backdrop of continued austerity, the announcement last month that the early intervention grant is set to rise by six per cent from April appeared to offer some hope that services tackling deep-seated issues among the most disadvantaged children and families would be boosted.