To the Chancellor,
We are asking you to put children and young people at the heart of the comprehensive spending review by making sure that funding is allocated to the things that children and young people really need.
The comprehensive spending review is a way of telling us how you are going to allocate money over the next few years – it’s a great opportunity for you to really turn things around for us and to give us the best chance for the future. We need to make sure that all children and young people have equal opportunities in life regardless of whether they are rich or poor, toddlers or teenagers, disabled or able-bodied, from the countryside or the city or any of the other factors that make us unique.
Even before Covid-19 there were so many things that children and young people needed help and support with. Now we need them more than ever. These include:
- improving our mental health by allocating more money to the services that provide this support;
- helping us to find suitable jobs or apprenticeships by investing in schemes, organisations and companies that can provide these opportunities;
- investing in youth services and giving councils the money to re-open local libraries and community centres so that we have places to go;
- We want to have better public transport across the whole of the country so that we can all get around safely and affordably.
But this isn’t even close to everything that we need. Only by listening to us can the Government truly understand what they need to do. Prioritising spending in these areas is at least a start. It will get us somewhere more than where we are right now.
We need to know that you have heard us this time. You can do this by:
- Listening to the issues that we are raising in this statement
- Prioritising spending that protects our futures such as tackling the issues above as well as other issues that help improve our lives.
- Responding to us to tell us how this Government is making decisions with children and young people in mind.
Children and young people across the country are facing challenges every day that stop us from reaching our full potential. Through groups like Young NCB we take every opportunity to get our voices heard but we are getting fed up that our views are being humoured rather than acted on. It’s time for that to change and we believe you will now listen to us and take this opportunity to improve our futures.