27 April 2010
The Green Party will fight for a fair deal for young people and their parents by investing in their future. We will pledge to double spending on youth services, spending an extra £1bn a year so that local councils can provide a variety of activities that give young people fun and affordable things to do. Our plan to fund 2000 Young People's Centres would create dedicated spaces for young people to meet and be creative. The centres would also offer access to information and specialist support for teenagers in difficulty.
The Green Party opposes City Academies and Trust Schools as we believe that schools should be governed in the interests of children and their parents, not through private indviduals or businesses. We would recruit and retain more teachers by allowing them greater freedom and, to remove one of the main reasons teachers leave teaching, ensure their paperwork is greatly reduced.
We take the views of young people seriously and champion the expansion of school councils and what they are able to do. Jonathan Hornett, Wellingborough Parliamentary Candidate and School Governor states "Both of my schools both have very active school councils and this gives all the children a say in the direction of the schools, which helps the schools and the children to create better learning environments which benefits all that have connections to the schools."
Many local children do come from deprived backgrounds and this is why we believe that education needs to be free and why we want to provide free schools meals too. Every young person under the age of 18, and in full time education would also be entitled to off-peak free bus fares. All children, even those with disabilities and special educational needs, will be given the opportunity to attend their local school, which will provide diverse support for people with special needs.
We're in favour of the voting age going down to 16 - if you can drive a motor bike, marry and work, thus pay tax; why should you not have the opportunity to decide on your future.
Our position on tuition fees and student loans means that under Green Party policy, students will not have to pay tuition fees. The Green Party supports grants not loans, providing a basic income sufficient for needs while in full time education.
We stand for a fairer society, and making the green option the easiest and cheapest one is part of that. We think ‘Fair is Worth Fighting For' on many issues including:
Community - Greens campaign to revitalise our communities and want to save public services from cuts.
Education - We would ensure education is free, including school meals.
Environment - Greens will make it easier to recycle and compost household waste and help you reduce your waste.
Transport - We will prioritise schemes for pedestrians, cyclists, bus and rail travel.
Health - Greens want publicly run care that is properly funded, free at the point of use for all.
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