David Miliband to chair Acevo youth unemployment taskforce

Former foreign secretary and Labour leadership contender will take unpaid role leading panel that starts work next month

David Miliband
David Miliband

David Miliband, the Labour MP and former foreign secretary, will chair a taskforce on youth unemployment set up by the charity chief executives’ body Acevo.

The taskforce will tour the country gathering evidence from charities, academics, businesses and local authorities.

Another member is the Conservative peer Baroness Stedman-Scott, chief executive of the employment charity Tomorrow’s People.

It will investigate the role of the voluntary sector in tackling youth unemployment, but will also "look more broadly at potential solutions to the issue", according to a statement from Acevo.

The taskforce will seek evidence from Acevo members and will invite others from the public, private and voluntary sectors to give evidence.

It is today asking charities and social enterprises to submit evidence to six questions about youth unemployment.

The taskforce will hold its first meeting on 13 September and is due to publish its report this winter.

An Acevo spokeswoman said it had been in talks with Miliband, who will not be paid for the role, for several months.

In a statement, the MP for South Shields and former Labour leadership contender, said: "I’m looking forward to talking to third sector organisations, local government, academic experts, businesses, further education institutions and young people so we can develop practical solutions to tackle this crippling problem that is threatening Britain’s next generation."

The panel membersannounced so far are: David Miliband MP, Katherine Kerswell, chief executive of Kent County Council, Paul Gregg, economics professor at Bristol University, Baroness Stedman-Scott, chief executive of Tomorrow’s People and Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.

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