Pledges: The future of our young people
Ensure we give our pre-school children the best start to life:
- We know that the life chances of some people are decided even before they are born. This cannot be right. Bolton Labour will protect all services that provide wrap around support for babies and young people, protecting their health, educational and wellbeing needs.
- The national project known as ‘Books for Babies’, has proven success for early development. Labour want to invest more into these services to get babies and toddlers being used to being read to, and eventually reading.
- We will reverse the option of having to opt into basic education! Instead, all young children will automatically be signed up for library membership.
- We will develop information packs for new mothers on health and wellbeing, housing and other advice and support services. This will include a library card for the new baby.
- We never want a situation of any child in Bolton going hungry. We will explore ways to provide nutritious school meals for pre-school children.
- Many young children never get the benefit of trips out of town to engage in recreational, cultural and educational activities. We will work with the voluntary sector to build more opportunities for this to happen.
Ensure our children are getting the best education at school they can:
- Many school children of all ages lose out on the educational and experience and personal development of taking part in school trips because of the cost. A Labour Council wants to assist low-income families with this.
- We pledge that children that are entitled to free school meals will receive them all year round, not just during term time.
- We will work with schools and uniform providers to reduce the cost of school uniforms.
- Careers advice and options services are a very useful tool for young people making potentially life changing choices. We want to ensure that these services are properly funded.
Ensure our children are able to have a well-rounded, diverse upbringing:
- We want to establish a new partnership with schools, colleges and health services to ensure that young people who are affected by mental health issues are properly supported.
- We will further invest in our current youth outreach programmes and seek financial support from the police and other agencies to do this. New outreach programmes will be created where there are geographical gaps.
- We pledge to protect our playing fields and our parks and play areas. Any loss of any facility must be replaced.
- We will promote and increase access to all forms of sport and leisure activities, including those that are less common, so that all young people have the opportunity to expand their life experiences.
- Labour will protect budgets that provide the best support possible for ‘looked after children’ in our borough.
- We will establish a new support network for young children who are carers for older relatives. We will work with our partners to ensure that children are not disadvantaged by their family roles.