Charities supporting children and young people have released manifestos detailing what they want from the next government in the run up to the general election after more than a decade of cuts to public services.

  • National Youth Agency – Its six-point manifesto involves a call for a long-term national youth strategy, a dedicated youth minister at cabinet level who works across departments, and long-term, joined-up funding to reverse the £1 billion funding cuts over the past decade.
  • Sports Think Tank – Play England, Street Games and Youth Sport Trust are among contributors to the Sports Think Tank manifesto for the next government. The manifesto has over 150 policy ideas, including a stronger framework to ensure children are reaching the recommended amount of outdoor activity each day.
  • Girlguiding – Calls in the manifesto include appointing a Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, increasing equality in sport, and ensuring every school and college across the UK has period products available throughout the school day, free of charge. Mental health is another key factor in the manifesto, as the organisation calls for mental health professionals in every school.
  • Scouts –  Their manifesto developed with young people and volunteers, it calls for policies to help young people and support our communities.
  • YMCA – Some of the key manifesto calls include: long-term revenue funding for universal and open-access youth services, a cross-departmental strategy to end youth homelessness tailored to young people’s needs, and an additional Universal Credit payment for under-25s who are living independently.

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