Bid to brighter future for children

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Wetherby Councillor Alan Lamb will use the key Leeds City Council debate on Children’s Services to call for all party consensus on delivering better outcomes for the city’s children and young people.

The debate to be held at the showpiece full Council meeting will see a number of conflicting views debated, but Coun Lamb believes that ensuring a better future for young people in Leeds by delivering coherent and consistent policy should be the key aim of the debate, rather than making political points that will not deliver lasting change in the city.

Leeds City Council faces a key challenge in future years, as budgets tighten tackling key challenges in Children’s Services such as the number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).

Coun Alan Lamb, Shadow Conservative Group Spokesman on Children’s Services, said: “For years politicians have been trying to tackle key problems in this service but the problems still persist – we have increasing rates of youth unemployment and we have increasing levels of young people leaving school either without any qualifications or without the skills needed to gain employment or pursue further education and training opportunities.

“I think all politicians will agree that we need to find a solution to these problems and fast.”

“Our young people are the future of the city and at the moment we are letting them down, the only sensible approach is to put political differences aside and work together.

“We should be working together to develop policies that will raise aspirations and provide more opportunities for our young people, but above all we need find a way to give many of our young people the hope of a brighter future.”