IARS is committed to providing you with the latest current awareness updates, weekly, on a range of law, policy and news topics.

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Date Law and policy
21/03/2011

Youth Unemployment: As it currently stands about 1 in every 5 young people are unemployed in the UK. There has been a recent sharp rise is unemployment amongst young people aged 16-17 years old and there are fears this will rise again in the coming months as the Future Jobs Fund and Educational Maintenance Allowance are cut. IARS is concerned about the long-term negative impacts this will have on the younger generations, combined with the cuts to volunteering schemes like vinspired that often help young people to cope with unemployment. 

21/03/2011

Youth Offending: Last month it was announced that The Youth Justice Board would be cutting its funding to Youth Offending Teams by as much as 30% in some boroughs. Boroughs across the country had been warned to expect 10% in cuts, but the final announcements are much higher. IARS is concerned that these cuts are larger than boroughs were prepared for, meaning that Youth Offending Teams may be driven towards focusing on short term targets for young people or favouring to reject expensive interventions such as Restorative Justice, in order to save money. IARS' supports London Councils' call to government to reverse the decision. 

21/03/2011

Equalities: London Councils is hosting an additional consultation period for the London Boroughs Grants Scheme following the High Court Ruling that the original consultation did not meet equalities legislation. The new review is currently under way and will end on 8th April. To take part in the consultation visit the London Councils website. IARS will be submitting a response to this, building on the response submitted at the last review. 

21/03/2011

Criminal Justice: The Home Office have launched a consultation entitled More Effective Responses to Anti-Social Behaviour which seeks opinions of the government's plans to streamline the toolkit used to tackle anti-social behaviour. The deadline for submissions is 3rd May 2011. IARS will be drawing on key findings regarding anti-social behaviour, and appropriate responses to anti-social behaviour from the Youth Advisory Board's research to contribute to this.

21/03/2011

Youth policy: The Positive for Youth Summit took place on 9th March 2011. Organised by seven government departments the Summit brought professionals from across the youth sector and young people together to debate the key current issues faced by young people and services for young people. IARS used findings from the Youth Advisory Board's research to feed into the discussion regarding the prevention of young people's involvement in crime.

21/03/2011

European Policy: 2011 has been launched as the European Year of Volunteering. This is an opportunity to promote the European Policy Agenda on Volunteering which includes objectives for European countries to work towards a common understanding of quality volunteering and improving the legal status of volunteers. IARS is drawing on the success of it's vinvolved funded project, the Youth Empowerment Project, to promote quality volunteering opportunities as part of the European Year of Volunteering. 

23/02/2011

Education: The Department for Education have launched a Call for Evidence as part of the National Curriculum Review. IARS will be hosting a Youth Policy Response Group meeting on 6th April 2011 to discuss this Call for Evidence with a particular focus on Public Legal Education and Citizenship. To attend or for further information please click here or contact Anwara Ali: a.ali@iars.org.uk

 16/02/2011

Criminal Justice: The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill is currently passing through Parliament. Included in the Bill are plans to make forces more democratically accountable by having elected Police Commissioners. IARS submitted a response to the Green Paper, which informed this Bill in 2010. We believe that young people have a part to play in informing police practice; IARS' Youth Advisory Body is a prime example of how well this can work.

16/02/2011

Legal Aid: The Ministry of Justice's consultation on legal aid reform has now closed. The proposals, which included a cut of £350m from the budget could have severe implications for the whole justice system. IARS' response to the consultation, which was based on it's Measuring Legal Capability research, focused on the MoJ's lack of consideration of the impact that cuts could have on young people and how public legal education could be used as a strategy to lessen the need for legal aid in future.

16/02/2011

Criminal Justice; An amendment to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) has changed stop and search powers. Information recorded on stop and search forms will be reduced and “stop and account” records will no longer be used. This will make scrutinizing the use of stop and search powers very difficult. StopWatch group, to which IARS is a member are monitoring these changes. Initiatives such as IARS' Police Powers training for young people, to enable citizens to challenge over zealous use of stop and search powers will now become increasingly important.

 16/02/2011

Criminal Justice ; IARS is submitting a consultation response to the government's Green Paper; Breaking the Cycle as part of our Big Lottery funded project London Youth Now. The Green Paper sets out the government's proposals for improving the effectiveness of sentencing and rehabilitation. In addition, please see IARS' Call for Evidence on restorative justice.

16/02/2011

Giving Green Paper; The government has released its Green Paper on Giving. The Green Paper sets out the government's ambition to establish a culture of change with regard to giving money and reflects the retraction of state support as part of the Big Society. IARS will be submitting a a consultation response as part of our London Youth Now project which focuses on community cohesion issues.

Date News
 23/03/2011

The Welfare Reform Bill; was introduced to Parliament on 16th February 2011. Key elements of the Bill include the introduction of Universal Credit, a stronger approach to fraud and error and reforms to Disability Living Allowance. Streamlining of benefits is likely to impact considerably on the lives of many of the young people we work with who have sought to improve their employment prospects and move off benefits by undertaking meaningful volunteering opportunities.

16/02/2011

Disability Living Allowance cuts: As part of the budget cuts, the government are reviewing the Disability Living Allowance. Recent coverage has focused on the severe impact cuts in the DLA would have for young disabled people. From working with young disabled people through our vinvolved project and our London Councils project we know how vital such benefits can be in allowing young people to be independent and active citizens. We believe heavy cuts to the DLA will negatively affect hundreds of young disabled people and prevent a successful transition into adulthood. 

16/02/2011

Big Society:In order to support the Big Society and promote social enterprise, David Cameron has confirmed the development of the Big Society Bank. This Bank will use money from dormant bank accounts to fund and grow social enterprises. This week Cameron declared he had secured £200million for this and the cabinet office have set out their vision. IARS' Youth Advisory Group have previously written to David Cameron and Lord Wei with specific recommendations for the Big Society. IARS also submitted a response to the government which voiced the specific needs of youth-led civil society groups striving to contribute to the Government's Big Society agenda.