Rys Farthing spent five years asking children and young people about the state of their local ‘ends’. Here’s what she found: ‘If you could see [our area] through our eyes Only then would you realise The conditions of our community Please take this as a positive opportunity’ A poem written by 15 and 16-year-old women, aimed at decision-makers ————————————————– In principle, devolution should help focus economic regeneration in two parallel ways; firstly, it should encourage renewed focus on growth at a local scale and; secondly, it should encourage decision-making power to shift towards local citizens. Or so the argument goes. For young citizens, particularly those from low-income communities, both of these ‘in principle’ shifts are welcome, but all too lacking in reality. Between 2010 and 2015 I worked alongside young people from low-income neighbourhoods across England to identify the key issues and challenges in their areas, and supporting them to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)


Dr Rys Farthing is a social policy analyst who specialises in youth policy, poverty and open policy making. She is a co-author of ‘The Precarious Generation’ expected out early next year.