To ask the Secretary of State for Education what procedures are in place to monitor local authorities' levels of compliance with their statutory duty to provide careers guidance; what recent estimate he has made of the rate of compliance by local authorities; and what steps he will take to ensure that local authorities perform their statutory duty.
Local authorities retain a responsibility to encourage, enable and assist young people's participation in education or training, under section 68 of the Education and Skills Act 2008. There is no statutory duty on local authorities to provide careers guidance but given their duty to support young people to participate, many do so as the best means of meeting that duty. In advance of the new duty coming into force which will give schools responsibility for securing access to independent careers guidance, the Early Intervention Grant supports local authorities' transitional responsibilities for careers guidance and their ongoing role in supporting young people not in education, employment or training to participate.
The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove, has powers to intervene if a local authority is failing to meet its statutory duties. Any case for intervention will be based on clear evidence of outcomes demonstrating the extent to which young people in an area are participating in education or training, rather than specific inputs such as the way youth support services are organised.