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“Together in the national interest” Can we reach the most disengaged?

“Together in the national interest” Can we reach the most disengaged?

Wednesday, 17 April 2013
18:00 - 19:00
Local Government House, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ


• Owen Jones, Columnist, The Independent and author of ‘Chavs: The Demonisation of the work class’ (Chair)
• Afsana Benozir, winner of the Prince's Trust Young Achiever of the year award
• Councillor David Bellotti, Member of the LGA Children and Young People Board and Councillor for Bath and North East Somerset
• Baroness Stedman - Scott, Peer and Chief Executive, Tomorrow's People
• Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Employment Minister


This event will consider the 275,000 young people suffering long term employment. These are society's most disengaged young people and previous policy responses have failed to reach them. The debate will ask what measures are necessary to enable these young people to achieve their potential - in their own and the nation's interest. 

This debate, held in partnership with the Local Government Association, will look at the situation facing unemployed young people. It will consider how we can deliver an outstanding education for every child in the country and the skills they need to prosper.

Questions to be covered include:

• What is the role for schools in preventing disengagement amongst young people? 
• Can national approaches can really work if they do not allow for differences in local areas?  
• What role might community budgeting, City Deals and other localised policy measures play in ensuring that young people get the support they need?

This is a joint event and is exclusively available to partners with The Work Foundation and LGA's network and there is no fee to attend.

To book a place at this event, please email and include your name, job title, organisation and email address.

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