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The Work Foundation at the Lib Dem Party Conference

The Work Foundation at the Lib Dem Party Conference

Monday, 24 September 2012
13:00 - 20:00

How can we tackle the youth unemployment crisis?

This fringe event brought together leading figures to discuss what should be done to tackle the short-term crisis and long-term problem of youth unemployment. 

The UK faces an immediate youth unemployment crisis. One million young people are unemployed, a quarter for more than a year. Urgent action is needed to stop these young people turning into a new ‘lost generation’. But this is only half the problem. Youth unemployment was rising well before the recession pushed numbers to headline-grabbing levels, and unless addressed the long-term problem will persist even once the economy starts to grow again.


  • Dr Neil Lee, Head of the Socio-economic Centre, The Work Foundation
  • Stephen Lloyd MP, Select Committee on Work and Pensions 2010
  • Martyn Pellew, President, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Shaks Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Private Equity Foundation
  • Sarah Neville, Financial Times (chair)

In partnership with Private Equity Foundation.

Read the blog here

Its innovation, stupid: Is the strategy for growth working?

With almost a year since the launch of the government’s innovation and research strategy, this fringe asked if we are going far enough and fast enough to creating a 21st-century framework for recovery, growth and prosperity. Is the government’s approach enough to support a wave of new companies? The UK has some of the world’s leading science institutions and universities with licences and company spin-offs from academic work improving. But ideas, credit and resources are not flowing with the speed, scale and energy required to achieve a long-term UK recovery. Do we need the government to be smarter, more enterprising and agile than traditional state intervention models? The Big Innovation Centre has been examining how ‘industry push policies’ could be replaced by a new ‘ecosystem’. This would address systemic failure and create wider and more lasting benefits both for the economy and, more broadly, for society.


  • Will Hutton, Chair, Big Innovation Centre
  • Birgitte Andersen, Director Big Innovation Centre
  • Roger Williams MP, Science & Technology Select Committee
  • Dr Paul Nightingale, Sussex University
  • Prateek Buch, Acting Director, Social Liberal Forum

Read the blog here


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