Local Government Association

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Engaging young people in policy development

Putting children at the heart of policy making, including involving them directly in policy development, is important. Councils are already working hard to engage children and young people in policy development, as seen in a series of case studies on this page.

Engaging young people in policy development

LGA: Illegal cigarettes risk widening health disparities during cost-of-living crisis 

Local authorities’ public health grant has seen a reduction of £1 billion since 2015/16, adversely affecting councils’ ability to invest in services and functions that prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, and support a sustainable health and social care system, including smoking cessation and tobacco control.

LGA: Illegal cigarettes risk widening health disparities during cost-of-living crisis 

Schools Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 23 May 2022

The LGA supports the focus on ensuring all children get the right support at the right time, particularly in the context of the impact of the pandemic and the widening attainment gap. The amount of funding made available to support education catch-up must be kept under review to ensure every child has the support they need to learn, and to support their broader development and wellbeing.

Schools Bill, Second Reading, House of Lords, 23 May 2022

Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children drives cost of care up by a quarter – new LGA analysis

Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children at risk of harm has seen spending to provide support increase by almost a quarter in five years, with an upcoming national care review a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to set out long-awaited reform, councils are warning today.

Soaring demand to protect vulnerable children drives cost of care up by a quarter – new LGA analysis