Magazine article Public Finance

'Stigmatising' Neet Provision Needs Shake-Up, Says LGA

Magazine article Public Finance

'Stigmatising' Neet Provision Needs Shake-Up, Says LGA

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Councils have recommended a comprehensive shake-up of services for young people not in education, employment or training, dismissing existing provision as 'bedevilled1 by bureaucracy.

A joint report by the Local Government Association and the Centre for Social Justice think-tank also damned the current system for stigmatising young people and not offering locally tailored programmes.

Hidden talents was launched on October 21 in Harrogate at the LGA's annual conference on adult and child services, run jointly with the Association of Directors of Social Services.

CSJ programme director Robin Millar told Public Finance that any investment should be considered alongside the potential savings in terms of reduced crime and welfare costs.

'If every indicator is correct about the problems that follow on from people having time on their hands, then actually this is a generational problem we're creating, and this is only going to get considerably worse,' he said. …

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