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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki



Last update: 25 February 2021

Youth Policy in the United Kingdom

Responsibilities for policies targeting young people sit in different departments across government. For example, policy responsibility for young people’s mental health sits in the Department of Health, whereas responsibility for out-of-school opportunities for young people sits in the Office for Civil Society in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. These departments’ policies address different age ranges, and so there is no single age range for youth policy in England. 

The UK left the EU on January 31st at 11pm, beginning the transition period that ended on December 31st 2020. 

An update on the website of the Erasmus+ UK National Agency states that: 

under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programmes. This means that the projects successfully bid for during the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ and ESC programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period. As a result, the UK government guarantee of EU funding will no longer be required and the Erasmus+ and ESC guarantee IT system has been closed. 

Additional updates have been published on the Erasmus+ site


Ratio of young people in the total population on 1st January

Ratio of men and women in the youth population

Statistic references


Data are for the United Kingdom as a whole, and might not represent the demographic situation in England.

Ratio (%) of young people in the total population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Absolute number of young people on 1 January for the age group 15-29 (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_010 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Ratio (%) of men and women in the youth population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Young immigrants from non-EU countries (2016): Eurostat, yth_demo_070 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].