What matters most for young people

Written by Denise Hatton, Chief Executive

With less than two weeks to go to the Budget and the Chancellor already telling us to get ready for further austerity, YMCA is keen to make sure that the voices and needs of young people are not forgotten.

1% too far

Written by Denise Hatton, Chief Executive

The welfare reform and work bill gets its second reading in the Lords next week, and while the changes to tax credits have been the focus of much debate, another reform that has less scrutiny so far is the annual 1% reduction in social rents.

Six ways young people think job centres need to change

Written by Richard Hughes, Senior Policy and Research Officer

With youth unemployment stuck above pre-recession levels and the Government due to introduce a new Youth Obligation – the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at getting young people into work – YMCA went out and spoke to young people about the support they currently get and what they felt was needed to help them into work.

Young people are on benefits out of necessity, not out of choice

Written by Denise Hatton, Chief Executive

It may be an unpopular thing to say working in the charity sector but among those claiming unemployment and housing benefits there will be some young people who are taking advantage of the system. This would be the case with any system you could think to look at.