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31 July 2019

Children & Young People Now have published an article about a Parliamentary debate on the sufficiency of youth services, in which the then-Youth Minister Mims Davies committed an additional £500,000 to funding 400 new youth work bursaries.

Our chief executive, Rosemary Watt-Wyness, was quoted in the piece:

“I welcome the government’s commitment to expand the training routes and qualifications open to youth work professionals. Young people have ultimately borne the brunt of the sustained devaluing of youth work and professionals who deliver challenging but vital work against the backdrop of public sector cuts.

However, the 400 new national bursaries will not even replace the 800 youth work positions that have disappeared in London alone over the last decade. The big questions facing the youth sector have not been answered. 

I implore the new Prime Minister and his government to make this and young people their priority.”

You can read the full media piece here or our summary of the Parliamentary debate here.


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Samuel Howell, Policy Officer