Welcome to the second 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. The aim of the newsletter 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.
As youth unemployment heads towards the 1 million mark, there is increasing attention on what policies and initiatives can make a difference to young people and the communities they live in. This issue provides a wealth of examples of innovative practice - from the Young Foundation's 'Faking It' project to build confidence, to the Real Ideas Organisation, which is developing practical skills and experience for young people. We also feature Professor Howard Williamson who is refreshingly honest about the strengths and weaknesses of the Connexions service.
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.