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People, Place and Purpose at the Heart of Politics

If politicians put people, place and purpose at the heart of politics then policy making would be more joined up and effective – that’s the premise of the Catch22 Election 2019 manifesto.

19 November 2019

Covering justice, education, employability and apprenticeships and the National Citizen Service, the manifesto


covers policy ‘asks’ including:

  • Contracts for probation services that incentivise innovative practice and are measured against how well they meet the needs of services users rather than just transactional processes
  • Apprenticeship minimum wage increased to the living wage, to improve take up
  • Longer contracts (10 year minimum) for services to allow Alternative Provision school providers to make longer term investment plans and secure appropriate accommodation
  • Every children’s home to be registered on a central database which is readily available to local authorities
  • Greater transparency on the cost benefit of National Citizen Service programmes

Chris Wright, Chief Executive of Catch22, said:

“Despite it being dubbed the ‘Brexit’ election, domestic policies are becoming an increasingly important part of this election campaign. Voters care about crime, education and jobs – and they care about the health and opportunities of our young people. Catch22 works across all these areas and we have the frontline experience to know what works and what doesn’t.

“Our manifesto sets out policies that are framed around the belief that everyone can thrive if they have good people around them, a decent place to live and a purpose in life. These three ‘Ps’ provide a solid platform for joined up policy making.

“We want to see minimum standards for Through the Gate services (employment, accommodation, finance, mental health support) to ensure prison leavers are properly supported to reintegrate into their communities. We are calling for greater investment in ‘edge of care’ and preventatives services for vulnerable families – using proven models that reduce the number of children needing to be re-referred to social services and on child protection plans. We also want to see Alternative Provision schools – schools for children outside mainstream education – judged against broader criteria than solely academic results, so that there is a real focus on the needs of pupils. And we want to see any unspent apprenticeship levies ring-fenced to support young people in finding employment.

“Whoever is in Government come December 13th, it makes both moral and economic sense to adopt policies that help build resilience in people and allow them to contribute positively to society. We are ready to support all those in parliament to make that a reality.”

  • View or download the pdf version of the Catch22 Election 2019 Manifesto  here.
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