09 April 2010

Lambeth Council 'among the best in the country’ in helping young people into employment and education

An article in the 9 April 2010 Streatham Guardian praises Lambeth council after the government watchdog Ofsted rated its work to help disaffected teenagers and so called 'Neets' (young people not in employment, education or training) get into education and training or work as among the best in London and the country.

Statistics have shown how the council was among the best performing local authorities in the country for the work it did in the area, the number of 16 – 18 year olds not in education or training has been reduced to 7.6 per cent even though its target was 8.1 per cent which is a massive boost for young people in Lambeth.

Labour in Lambeth are planning more help for young people in Lambeth by pledging to increase the number of school places in the area as well as building a new secondary school academy in Tulse Hill with £45 million of investment from the government.

In the recently published manifesto for Lambeth, Labour have promised to

  • Provide guaranteed support for every school leaver to help find a job, training or paid work experience.
  • Provide supervised youth activities available in every neighbourhood and within one mile of every home.
  • Free swimming at all times for every resident under 18.
  • A youth privilege card offering discounts for every young person that will be withdrawn for bad behaviour until earned back through community work.

Vassall Labour Councillor Kingsley Abrams welcomed the recognition that Lambeth has received saying "We have been working hard over the past four years to tackle this problem and will continue to do so if re-elected. These measures, will I believe, bring benefits for the individuals and the wider community for years to come."

Read the Streatham Guardian article
The report is available on the Ofsted website