Plan B for youth

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1 July 2012
Children and Young People, Education and Skills, Employment, Housing and Homelessness, Social Policy
Social welfare
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The purpose of the publication is to kick start a debate across the centre-left about how to create an economy and society in which young people can flourish. The report outlines that that acting now to create an economy and society in which young people have educational and work opportunities, home and job security and a genuine share in political power is both imperative and possible. In order to achieve a society in which young people have a greater and fairer share in the employment market, access to educational opportunities, social security and the housing market the report makes various recommendations. These recommendations include: young people should be empowered at a local level to co-design and co-commission youth services; the voting age should be lowered to 16 to allow young people to better engage in society and influence decisions that will define their future; Government should recognise education as public good and explore alternatives to tuition fees; a positive renting strategy for both vulnerable and transitional groups and for low/middle earners of ages 21-35; a comprehensive system of good quality, affordable childcare should be a priority for action; and employer National Insurance contributions for those aged below 25 should be temporarily removed to incentivise job creation.

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