Labour pledges for a statutory youth service
JANUARY 21, 2019
Labour's shadow chancellor has said he wants to include a commitment to making youth services statutory in the party's manifesto for the next general election.
In a video address to the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), John McDonnell said he wants a statutory youth service, which would require councils to provide a minimum level of youth provision, to form part of Labour's existing pledge to create a national education service.
McDonnell paid tribute to the work done by trade unions to engage with the younger generation and stated that Labour will be supporting the inclusion in the next Labour Party manifesto of the commitment to create a statutory youth service as part of the national education service, creating lifelong learning from cradle to grave.
The GFTU and Unite, as partners of ChooseYouth have been working with key members of the Shadow Cabinet over the past months to heighten the understanding of youth work and the vital contribution youth workers make to the lives of young people. Unite welcomes Labour's commitment to a statutory youth service.