Fair deal for young people is a priority

Chair: Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong

Chair: Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong

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Improving services for young people in times of austerity will be the key theme when the newly set-up Lancashire Fairness Commission meets on Wednesday.

Chaired by the Dean of Blackburn, the Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong, the Commission will tackle topics like good parenting, helping young children develop and support for teenagers and adolescents.

The group’s aim is to understand the practical effect of austerity on people’s lives and how the county council and other partner organisations can provide services that encourage fairness. Members of the Commission include councillors, voluntary, community and faith representatives, academics and business leaders.

They will hear evidence on themes including laying the foundations for good parenting including a healthy pregnancy and early years development helping children from birth to five-years-old so that they are ready for school.

Also on the agenda will be support for teenagers and adolescents to build life skills and personal resilience to prepare them for the transition to adult life. There will be a session at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to put their views forward about fairness in Lancashire and how austerity is affecting their ability to give children the best start in life. They will also be able to ask questions of the commissioners.

The meeting runs from 10am to 12:30 at ‘Building Futures Together’ based in Northbrook Primary School, Bannister Drive, Leyland. More information on 01772 533167.