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New Year Resolution: a promise from the nation

Posted: Jan 5, 2019

Youth CovenantA new national survey of Brits shows that 8 in 10 (79%) believe the next generation should be left better off than the last. Yet the majority (59%) believe the current generation of young people will be worse off for jobs, housing, health and the environment (and just 11% disagree).


Brits believe being young today is 'stressful, difficult and scary'. With parents no longer able to ensure young people are better off financially, they are turning to Government to do more to support young people’s wellbeing not just their wealth.


They back a New Year resolution as a promise from the nation for young people: 'to be safe and secure in the modern world and treated fairly; supporting young people in the present, ambitious for their future.'


Parents of teenagers further call on the Government to make good this promise, with 8 in 10 (81%) parents of young people and three quarters (77%) of Brits overall, wanting support and services for young people to enhance a sense of belonging, skilled, healthy and active in their communities, and confident in their future.


Yet as politicians prepare to debate and vote on Brexit, the survey also shows that three-quarters (74%) of adults believe the views of young people have not been considered (rising to 85% when asking 18-25 year olds).


The national survey of 2,004 UK adults was carried out by Opinium Research for NYA, between 28 December 2018 and 2 January 2019

The Youth Covenant is: a promise from the nation for young people to be safe and secure in the modern world, and treated fairly; supporting young people in the present and ambitious for their future:

Skilled and equipped to learn and earn

Positive health and wellbeing

Active members of their communities

Happy and confident in their future





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