Labour candidate Laura McAlpine backs proposals for youth services

News / Tue 31st Jul 2018 at 08:52am

LABOUR’S Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow and the Villages, Laura McAlpine welcomes the news today that The Labour Party have announced plans for a Statutory Youth Service alongside a new consultation.

Laura McAlpine said: “The fantastic news that Labour plans to introduce a Statutory Youth Service couldn’t come soon enough. With youth services targeted for budget cuts, the Tories have created an environment in which crime has soared, leaving communities like Harlow vulnerable to violence and young people left without proper support and opportunities.

“Tory cuts have already decimated youth services across the country with 8 years of brutal, unnecessary austerity. Sadly, Harlow has seen the closure of many vital services including play schemes and The Square amongst many others. I was fortunate enough to benefit from the advice, support and services these organisations provided when I was growing up in Harlow, it’s completely unjust that we can’t say the same for our young people today.”

New analysis by the House of Commons Library indicates that local authority spending on universal youth services has fallen by a massive 52% in real terms since 2012. Research shows that under the Conservatives, over 600 youth centres have closed.

Harlow Youth Worker, Emma Batrick said: “Youth work involves personal and social development and enables young people to have a voice. It builds a sense of identity and a sense of place within society, so levels of investment in the youth service impact not only young people but entire communities.

“Over approximately the past five years, funding has reduced considerably in this area, and I feel that this has really been felt throughout Harlow, which now has very sparse resources. As someone who has youth worked for around ten years and known the town both with and without investment in our young people. I greatly welcome funding for a consistent statutory youth service.”

The Labour Party announced that it is dedicated to creating a quality youth service for all young people that is protected by new legislation. The next Labour government will establish a national body with ring-fenced funding to oversee youth service provision throughout England. The national body will work with local youth organisations and partnerships in every local area to assist service delivery across England.

Labour is encouraging anyone with interest in shaping youth services to take part in a new consultation which will be led by Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs.

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15 Comments for Labour candidate Laura McAlpine backs proposals for youth services:

2018-07-31 11:33:23

I agree wholeheartedly with initiatives like this, and this shows that Labour has a candidate that really understands the importance of including our young people in society to help them avoid the desperate situations that some of them get on. This is where it should start. The Conservative Party don't care about they young, that's not their voter base after all. Cuts to services have disproportionately affected younger people and then Bandwagon Bob wonders why they're disenchanted! Laura is the candidatethat Harlow needs, with deep links to the town and the passion and ideas to make things happen. What a refreshing contrast to the incumbent, who has a picture of himself and Arnie on his Twitter header. Nothing like priorities is there!

2018-07-31 12:48:46

Load of tripe yet again. Selective quotations from out-dated sources and laying the blame for the feral youth problems at the feet of the Tories. Idiotic comment to make,or in her screwed up world does she really believe, what she's written. No way ? It is the parents who are responsible for the children, not the police or the community. We're reaping the benefits of Bliar and Brown's softly softly approach, parents or teachers can't chastise the unruly or else they're castigated. Trust jerryforqueen to believe anything his Marxist brainwashed pals jot down. But, they do read from Corbyns song sheet. Talking of voter bases. Muslim V Jews, who produce the most votes for the Reds ? Didn't take long to see through the Marxists, did it ?

2018-07-31 13:24:31

Look at that, Micky's most vitriolic comments under ab article featuring a woman. Been a long time has it, mate?

2018-07-31 14:03:41

Micky, think of it as like tennis. It's fun on your own but much more enjoyable with a partner.

2018-07-31 16:26:29

Don't pop me for putting down the obvious, the fawning attitude of the Marxists is true to form. Schmarm it all over with schmaltz, and the working class will just love us. Fortunately their are some of us who don't swallow. National Socialism is the curse of the idle classes.

2018-07-31 16:36:51

That's right Micky, but you don't have to swallow.

2018-07-31 21:41:18

Typical Labour - make promises without saying where the money comes from, blame the Tories, and ignor any of the failings of the last Labour Government such as crashing the economy and creating a massive National debt. Also can't help wondering if all children will be treated equally in this brave New World. I'm sure Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin would interested in the answer....!

2018-08-01 04:32:10

Well we're not the ones on Your Harlow getting into a bit of a pickle with our comments lately, are we Micky. Let's debate that fact. Or are you too scared?

2018-08-01 10:45:40

Hand bags at dawn, how exciting !

2018-08-01 11:24:55

Poor little Micky, all tough behind his keyboard but when you ask him to front it up he melts like a Funny Feet in the sunshine.

Brett Hawksbee
2018-08-01 15:15:51

A great initiative from the Labour Party, which, once the recommendations of the democracy review are rolled out, will be a great proposal to implement nationally with 'inclusive' ideas directly influencing provision via 'digital democracy'.

2018-08-01 19:15:45

I'm so superior to all of you, can't you tell by my voluminous replies to non Socialist comment. Imagine being in the pub and BH is nearby, spouting off ?

2018-08-01 20:19:06

If you're so superior and unbeatable, why won't you debate with little ole me?

2018-08-02 06:20:20

You 'aint worth the trouble, mate, camping around 'aint for me, and most of the contributors. I know you're desperate to be in my comany, it 'aint happening. Go and have a word with Mum, she'll make it better for you.

2018-08-02 14:06:39

Well my mother is dead but thanks for asking. So that's a no on the debate. Typical gutless troll.

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