GE2024: UK Youth looks forward to working with new Government

5 July 2024

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UK Youth says there is ‘no time to lose’ for the new Government when it comes to supporting youth services.

Oscar Bingham, UK Youth acting director of research & impact, said: “We look forward to working with the new Government to unlock the power of youth work for all.

“In its manifesto, Labour recognised the importance of youth work and committed to expand access to this life-changing support, as well as to extend the right to vote to all 16 and 17-year-olds.

“Labour has also pledged to spend almost £300 million a year to deliver Young Futures Hubs, increase youth workers in A&Es and Pupil Referral Units and provide early support for mental health in schools.

“These measures, alongside Labour’s guarantee of employment-focused support, can deliver huge benefits to young people and we hope will be a high priority for the new Government.

“We look forward to working with ministers and officers to bring these promises to fruition. With more than a billion pounds a year cut from youth services in recent years, there is no time to lose.”

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party.

About UK Youth

UK Youth is a leading charity with a vision that all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. With an open network of more than 8,000 youth organisations and nation partners; UK Youth reaches more than four million young people across the UK and is focused on unlocking youth work as the catalyst of change that is needed now more than ever. To find out more, visit ukyouth.org 

UK Youth is involved in a range of programmes designed to help young people thrive, such as outdoor learning, physical literacy, social action and employability, including Hatch, a youth employability programme run in partnership with KFC. For more on UK Youth’s programmes, see ukyouth.org/what-we-do/programmes

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