Latest research from APSE shows how local authorities can take a lead in ensuring the lives of a generation of young people are not blighted by long-term unemployment.
The new report, Tackling youth unemployment: Local authorities leading the response, looks at what councils are already doing to address youth unemployment and ways in which this role could be extended. With more than one in five 16-24 year olds out of work, it maps what is happening on the ground and calls for central government to recognise the strategic leadership role of local authorities and invest the necessary funding to enable them to fulfil this important role.
The report is based on research carried out as part of APSE's Knowledge Transfer Partnership with De Montfort University. It examines the problem of youth unemployment in authorities across the UK and presents the findings of a national survey of local government activities to tackle this issue, along with case studies.
Key findings from the research include:
Launching the report, APSE's chief executive, Paul O'Brien, commented: 'Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues of our time and local government has a fundamental role in leading initiatives to tackle it. Our research clearly demonstrates that in many parts of the country councils are already taking up the challenge of ensuring that the life chances of a generation of young people do not become blighted by long-term unemployment. This report suggests further steps that can be taken at local and national level.'
The report draws upon APSE's 'ensuring council' model to show councils have capacity to achieve four vital tasks:
Examples of local initiatives to respond to youth unemployment cited in the report include:
Notes for editors
The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) works with over 300 local authorities providing front-line services across the UK.
The Tackling youth unemployment: Local authorities leading the response research was undertaken as part of an ESRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the Association for APSE and the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University.
APSE's Ensuring Council is a model for effective local government that is underpinned by the principles of: stewardship, retaining core capacity to deliver services: collaboration; accountable local decision making; and social justice. For further information see: http://www.apse.org.uk/research.html
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