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We’re putting young people centre stage

02 March, 2018

• LABOUR-led Islington Council is committed to ensuring all children and young people, whatever their circumstances, have the best possible start in life.

I am proud to have served as a commissioner of the Fair Futures Commission, which the council launched last year to find out how we can make Islington the best place in the UK to grow up in.

The commission has published its recommendations, which range from equipping young people with skills for life to preparing them for the world of work.

I am particularly pleased with the recommendation that every child should complete at least 100 hours of work experience by the age of 16, which would open up many opportunities for them in future.

It has been a privilege to listen to our children’s and young people’s aspirations. The commission put them centre stage, and it is clear that they want to play a leading role in shaping Islington’s future.

As a mother of four teenagers who all went to Islington schools, I am encouraged by the future the commission paints for children and young people.

The work is not over yet. The council will now consider the commission’s recommendations, so it can turn them into action and help our children and young people reach their full potential.

For more information visit fairfutures.org.

CLLR RAKHIA ISMAIL
Labour, Holloway ward, Islington Council

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