Funding cuts impact jobless youths, research discovers
30th June 2015 12:21 - Local Government
According to a recent survey by the Local Government Association, significant budget cuts to local councils are having a profound impact on England’s vulnerable youths, with many councils not providing enough help for teenagers who are ‘not in education, employment or training’, commonly referred to as NEETS.
The survey also found that only 7 per cent of local councils have the power and resources to effectively deliver their legal obligation to reduce detachment of young people from education, and provide sufficient education and training institutions for those aged between 16 and 18.
The survey found that another reason why local governments are not able to effectively help the nation’s NEETs, is due to the council’s previous power over key services being removed. These services included careers advisory services, national engagement programmes and further education.
In the current climate, approximately 738,000 young people are affected throughout England.
Following the survey findings, the Local Government Association called for councils to take back their power over careers advice and skills development, which will allow them to make sure all young people are able to establish themselves within the growing economy.
The Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Councillor David Simmonds, said of the findings:
“Councils are determined that every young person realises their full potential. Despite challenges, we are proud of our leading role working with different governments to consistently increase youth engagement over the last 15 years.
“The message from local government is clear. Cuts without reform risk undoing all of our collective good work, putting thousands of promising futures at risk. Councils are uniquely well placed to help young people access the opportunities created by the local employers increasingly frustrated by remote national institutions. It is important that we have the powers, levers and funding to fulfil our legal duties to young people.
“The new government has a real opportunity to build on recent successes and meet its ambition of full employment by enabling local partnerships of councils, schools, colleges, jobcentres and employers to locally coordinate a single youth offer. It will ensure every young person is either in work or learning.
“Over decades, services supporting young people's journey from school to the world of work have grown more complex and disjointed. With the greatest will, this cannot be resolved by national government alone.”
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