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In conversation with Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society

In conversation with Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society

Tuesday, 03 December 2013
09:00 - 10:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London

We were delighted to welcome Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, to an ‘in conversation’ event at The Work Foundation to discuss young people and unemployment.

A storify of the event is available here

The conversation included the following topics:

Youth unemployment: is the Government doing enough?

Youth unemployment remains an urgent national problem. The overall labour market has improved over the last two years – but not for young people. The youth unemployment rate is 21%, which means that almost a million young people are unemployed, and over a million are NEET (not in employment, education or training). Should the Government be doing more given the size of the problem? How can we help young people to benefit from the recovery?

Coordinating Government departments for better youth policy: how has the Cabinet Office approached its new role?

The Government announced in July that responsibility for youth policy will move to the Cabinet Office, which will coordinate the work of several central Government departments. Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society within the Cabinet Office, is to lead this work.

As The Work Foundation's research has highlighted, having many central Government departments involved in youth policy can create a number of problems, including: gaps in provision and a confused policy environment. We therefore welcomed the announcement of Nick Hurd’s new role. How is the Government’s approach to youth policy changing? How will the work of different departments be better coordinated?

Citizenship: what role for young people?

Nick Hurd’s role as minister for Civil Society includes responsibility for citizenship and the Big Society agenda. Nick Hurd has argued that the National Citizenship Service, launched by the current Government, offers ‘something genuinely new and different’ and builds ‘social cohesion and responsibility’. Does he see citizenship as way of addressing youth unemployment? What has happened to the Government’s Big Society agenda?


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