Youth groups are being urged to form a lobbying alliance to get a better deal for the sector from the next government. The recommendation from a youth sector charity Partnership for Young London called Who Stands for Youth?, also asks for greater collaboration and support for youth groups in submitting funding bids is also being called for. They found less than half of the sector are adopting co-operative campaigning or lobbying strategies.
Throughout our conversations with representatives across the sector there has been a clear recognition that increased collaboration would be of great use to organisations attempting to shape youth policy. Collaboration should include more sharing of staff and expertise to help the sector as a whole. This would also help youth groups make local lobbying of MPs and councils more focused and effective.