Labour slams cuts to youth services

16 Apr 19

Council spending on services for young people in England has plummeted by 70% since 2010, analysis has found.

Services for young people have fallen by £880m in real terms over the last nine years, according to analysis of government figures by the Labour Party.

A total of 87% of councils have slashed spending on such services by at least 50%, Labour estimates.

Half of all councils in England have cut spending per young person by more than three-quarters. On average, councils have cut spending on youth services by £70 per child since 2010-11, according to the analysis of Department for Education data.

Labour claims that youth justice spending, paying for councils to work with young people to keep them out of the justice system, has fallen by 45% over the same period.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Youth services play an absolutely vital role in our communities, both by helping young people fulfil their potential and by keeping them out of trouble.

Austerity is pushing out services to the brink and tearing the heart out of our communities.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has been contacted for comment.

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