This is the fourth edition of Youth Tracker, ippr's quarterly newsletter looking at how Britain's young people are faring in the recession and recovery, and what can be done to support them.
We look at what surveys tell us about why some people disengage from school, and analyse the latest labour market statistics to understand which young people are at greatest risk of being out of work or training. John Hayes MP, Minister with joint responsibilities in both the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, sets out the Coalition government's plans to support young people as they start their careers. Of course, it's what happens on the ground that really makes a difference. That's why we open this edition with an interview with a 19-year-old man who is trying to change things in his local area, and include stories from some of the Private Equity Foundation charities to understand what is going on in our communities.
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.