What does the Cabinet Reshuffle really mean?

9 January 2018

  • Policy updates

Theresa May has yesterday and today, been reshuffling her cabinet and other ministerial posts. UK Youth have been tracking the process very closely to measure the impact that this will have on the youth sector, and on young people.


What does it mean for UK Youth?

We are saddened to hear that Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP has lost her position. Justine has given continued support of the UK Youth Voice Manifesto over the last year, pledging to bring sex and healthy relationships education into the 21st Century ensuring LGBT inclusivity and mental wellbeing and also being a role model in politics and the media for many LGBT young people in our networks.

It is vital that the measures announced in December to tackle the UK’s growing social mobility problem aren’t shelved following this announcement. Justine has since said that social mobility matters to her more than her ministerial career and she will continue to do everything she can to create a country that has equality of opportunity for young people. We look forward to working with her on her mission.


What are we going to do about it?

– We will continue to work very closely with continuing Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP to ensure the £90million dormant assets fund to build a fairer society are used wisely in order to help young people transition into employment.

– We welcome the appointment of new Secretary of State for DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media & Sport), Matt Hancock MP and we also welcome working with new DCMS Minister, Margot James MP and Education Secretary Damian Hinds MP on his APPG Social Mobility report on the importance of embedding life skills within education.

– We will be monitoring the title changes over the next few weeks, to clarify whether these are purely cosmetic, or have wider implications for the roles of the officials and the impact this has on young people and the youth sector.

– With lots of new faces around the table at Number 10, this can only be an opportunity to strengthen our message and project a wider reach with the aim of building brighter futures for young people, whatever their background or circumstances.


I want to know more!

If you’d like more information, we’ve released a blog, detailing UK Youth’s position here.

Follow the discussion and view the latest updates by visiting #cabinetreshuffle on Twitter.

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