Dear Mr Crabb,
I guess its been a bit of a roller coaster weekend for you, on Saturday morning you were preparing for your surgery and a days relaxation. Then you got some kind of communication from Mr C about a job going at the DWP, to take over from Mr Duncan Smith, a job you clearly like the look of. And so, from a Christian, and a Youth worker, congratulations on taking it on.
Alot of people wanted to give Mr Duncan Smith substantial hope in the role, see we all know he is a Christian, and we thought, and still want to think that he acted with compassion in the decisions that he either made or was told to make.
With you we give double the hope, and expectation, you see for a long while now not only Christians, but people involved in youthwork have been wanting someone to rally to their cause, or at least be in government who has a sense of what kind of society many youthworkers, and Christians would have as common, as communities flourishing, for common good and equality.
From the youthwork fraternal we hope that you dont forget the values, the virtues, the principles of youth work, neither the plight of young people you encountered, the families and the structures people have to fight through to get their voice heard, their issue dealt with or their needs recognised. Let alone that a person marginalised be afforded the possibility that they might be actually gifted, good at something or encouraged. From your involvement in youth work, you must realise and know this, and so I hope that in your new role you dont forget about equality, about compassion, about people meaning more than an economic data set, figure, target or outcome.
Many youthworkers in the UK have lost their jobs, mainly because the government reduced local authority budgets and the first things to go were the non-statutory work – especially that amongst young people. This meant that many young people and families in communities have less people who can actually help them, for their help and flourishings sake. Please do not forget then, that any cuts and reductions made to them, are also accompanied by considerable reductions in support, in services and help they may have had before. In effect a double whammy. The poorest have been hit the most, those with complex needs, and whose potential has been wasted, ignored and derided by the actions of the government have been reduced to being narrated as scroungers or less than hard working.
So Mr Crabb, you have our prayers, and thoughts, and expectancy, we hope you can impinge on your leaders the hope you once had for young people and communities in your past, the methods that brought about change, and the regard for humanity that is more human, true and Christ-like.