Welcome to the first edition of the Youth Tracker - a quarterly newsletter looking at how Britain's young people are faring in the recession, and what we can do to support them.
Young people growing up in Britain today are more technology literate than ever before, and are exposed to an increasingly globalised world with, in theory at least, a wealth of opportunities. But for those living in our most disadvantaged communities in particular, finding a path to a solid future can be very challenging, especially in these difficult economic times.
The aim of this newsletter series, therefore, is to focus on what the recession - and the recovery when it comes - mean for the most disadvantaged young people, particularly those not in employment, education or training. We have gathered new insights and opinion from key academics and policy experts, and provide a round-up of new research, statistics and news about what is happening on the ground.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.