What the new Cabinet means for youth services

11 July 2018

  • Policy updates

It has been hard to miss the news of Cabinet resignations over the past few days. David Davis MP and Boris Johnson MP among others have resigned from their Ministerial seats. As a youth organisation you may be wondering, what does that mean for us?

With Theresa May’s new cabinet, which saw Jeremy Hunt MP move from Sec State for Health & Social Care, to Sec State for Exiting the EU there is a departmental change youth services should keep an eye on. Matt Hancock MP, who is Sec State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has been moved to Sec State for Health & Social Care and as a result Jeremy Wright MP has moved into this position.

This is important for youth services as Jeremy Wright will assume responsibility for the Civil Society Strategy, which we have recently fed into and will be published in the autumn. We would like to wish both Matt Hancock and Jeremy Wright the best of luck in their positions. We look forward to working closely with Jeremy in future in raising the needs of youth services throughout the UK.

In addition to these Cabinet resignations, it has been announced that Ben Bradley has resigned from his position of Vice Chair for Young People. We will keep an eye out on his successor and look forward to working with them in future. We thank Ben for his support in UK Youth, including attending our Parliamentary Event during National Democracy Week.

With the White Paper on Brexit about to be published and talks of whether there will be a snap general election, UK Youth will be keeping a close eye on what’s going on. This includes our continued work on behalf of young people and our members in four vital areas:

  1. Working with DCMS on the design of the £90million Dormant Accounts Fund, the Civil Society Strategy, tackling loneliness among young people and the impact of Brexit on Youth Services.
  2. Working with Number 10 on the Inclusive Economy Partnership to open up new training and employment opportunities for young people, tackle mental health, and improve financial literacy.
  3. Working with the Department of Education, Big Society Capital and the Access Foundation on social investment, including the role of Social Impact Bonds in youth service provision.
  4. Supporting a range of youth focused APPGs, including the APPG Brexit, run by My Life My Say

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