Regions ‘should take over Connexions’

England’s proposed regional assemblies should take over
responsibility for the Connexions service for 14 to 19 year olds,
says a report by a local government think-tank.

The report says little account is taken of regional differences,
notably the lower level of qualifications of young people in the
North and the Midlands.

Connexions is currently run by the Department for Education and
Skills while 47 local learning and skills councils drive policy.

This structure is “confusing and chaotic,” says the report by the
Local Government Information Unit and the Campaign for the English

Regional assemblies, which could be set up after referenda this
autumn, should take control of Connexions and the LSCs, with their
£3.9bn youth budget, it says.

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