Pledges: The future of our young people
- Labour will tackle the scourge of young people ‘going without’
We have all watched in amazement as Marcus Rashford highlighted a problem that officials were not keen to talk about. Its right that children from disadvantaged homes receive healthy nutritional meals at school at no cost. But what about school holidays?
We pledge that for those children in receipt of free school meals, assistance will continue throughout school holidays.
Labour will work with schools to reduce the cost of expensive single contract school uniforms and organise a more systematic way to support the purchase of school uniforms for families on low income.
- Labours support for young people begins before birth!
We recognise that that the life chances of some young people are decided before they are even born. This cannot be right.
Labour will ensure that parents in struggling families are supported so that all that can be done, to give a child the best start in life, is done.
The Council will provide wrap around support for young people from 0-18, ensuring that help is there for their health, wellbeing, educational needs and career advice.
- All Children aged 5 to 11 will automatically be signed up for library membership
Many families simply do not get around to signing up their children to this valuable service. A future Labour Council will make this automatic. Families will no longer need to sign up! This will increase access to learning resources outside of school.
- We will invest in services for Children’s mental health and wellbeing
We want to establish a new partnership with schools and colleges and our health services to ensure that young people who are affected by mental health problems are properly supported.
- A new support network for children who are carers
Bolton Labour wants to do more for those children who care for parents, by establishing a new support network, working with our partners to ensure children are not disadvantaged by their family roles.