New Article: An opportunity lost?

With the decision to abolish the Child Trust Fund announced by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition in May 2010, this paper explores what impact the abandonment of a unique policy innovationwill have in relation to youth transitions: in so doing it outlines the policy context and the centralidea of the ‘asset-effect’. Some thought is then given to the criticisms of the Child Trust Fund beforethe policy, and its asset-effect is considered with regards to its relationship to, and potential benefitfor, youth transitions and improving social mobility. In conclusion the paper argues that despite the decision to scrap the policy, there is scope to learn from those who do retain their Child Trust Fund.

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