Youth services need legal protection, group claims
March 31, 2015 0 comments
A coalition of 30 voluntary youth organisations has called on the Labour Party to include statutory protection for children’s services in its general election manifesto.
Choose Youth has launched a campaign focused on the issue, urging Labour to incorporate services for young people in law in order to protect their funding and status if Labour returns to power.
A petition entitled Protect Services for Young People has already attracted 6,577 signatures, just a few hundred short of its 7000 goal.
“Youth services will be the first public service to be destroyed. Not cut, destroyed. This destruction is echoed at ministerial level by Michael Gove’s abandonment of youth policy. This represents a retreat from national youth policy by government for the first time since the First World War.”
Choose Youth was established to protect the right of young people to “universal, open-access youth service provision”.
The petition is available to view here.
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March 31, 2015
Categories: Family Life