NYA welcomes Labour’s commitment to statutory youth service

27 Feb 2018

NYA welcomes a commitment from John McDonnell MP to a statutory youth service at the Conference of the General Federation of Trade Unions.

Speaking in a video address to the Conference of the General Federation of Trade Unions, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell has committed to supporting a statutory youth service in the next Labour manifesto.

McDonnell recognised that the “rebuilding of the youth service” was key in creating lifelong learning opportunities and stated that he was “supporting the inclusion in the next Labour party manifesto of a commitment to create a statutory youth service as part of the National Education Service.” and aimed to bring back the “greatly needed civic, personal and social education back to our communities.”.

NYA Chief Executive Officer Leigh Middleton said “NYA welcomes all efforts to increase access to high quality youth work and youth services. It’s important that youth work is rises up the political priority list and we welcome the commitment by Labour as well as others to secure a statutory youth offer. The NYA looks forward to working with all partners, including the LGA, to secure greater investment and support for youth work.”