The role of the Task Force is to coordinate the Government's drive against social exclusion, ensuring that the cross-departmental approach delivers for those most in need. The Task Force champions the needs of the most disadvantaged members of society within Government, ensuring that as with the rest of the public service reform agenda, we put people first
On 13 January, the Prime Minister launched the New Opportunities White Paper, which sets out the Government's plans for building fair chances for everyone to succeed in the new economy. It sets out the Government’s agenda for capturing the jobs of the future and investing in families, communities and citizens throughout their lives to help them get on and ahead.
Developments from the Social Exclusion Task Force's work are included in the paper in the form of policy proposals on aspirations, and commitments on socially excluded groups to support the aims of the Socially Excluded Adults' Public Service Agreement.
The 'Supporting communities to support individuals' chapter outlines proposals on increasing the aspirations of young people in deprived areas through a new approach: Inspiring Communities. Over £10 million has been allocated by central government to initially develop this approach in 15 areas.
Specific commitments to support adults with learning disabilities, offenders, and those in touch with secondary mental health services, are included in the chapters on 'Pathways for all' and 'Getting into work'. Care leavers are included in the 'Strengthening family life' chapter, with a commitment to develop a new national employment support programme for children leaving care, to help overcome barriers to work through extended periods of work experience, training and mentoring.
The Social Exclusion Task Force and Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) are working in partnership on a short study on older people (aged 50 and over) in rural areas. To inform this work, we are issuing a Call for Evidence to identify examples of good practice and innovation in the delivery of services to older people in rural areas.
‘Aspirations and attainment in deprived communities’ is a joint project between the Social Exclusion Task Force, DCSF and CLG. It explores the potential to raise the attainment of young people in deprived communities, by raising aspirations and changing attitudes within these communities.