Local MP criticises impact of government cuts on young people as Labour launches youth services consultation
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01 Aug 2018
Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, has spoken out against the effect of the
government’s austerity measures on young people as the Labour Party announced a
bold new vision for youth services in England.
Labour wants to
introduce new legislation that requires every local authority across England to
provide a minimum level of support for young people. To make this happen the
next Labour government will establish a national body with dedicated
ring-fenced funding to oversee youth service provision across England.
total net spending on youth services fell from £6.67 million in 2011/12 to just
£3 million in 2016/17. That equates to a drop of £3.67 million or 55.1%.
north-west, the figure has fallen from £115 million in 2011/12 to £49 million
in 2016/17, while across England as a whole there has been more than a 50%
decrease from £787.2 million to £387.6 million.
Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West said:
Conservatives are neglecting our young people when they should be investing in
of young people is missing out because of the government's fixation with
have a key role to play in supporting young people and in providing them with
opportunities to get together and engage in all sorts of activities. They also
play a vital role in offering young people advice and guidance.
direct government funding to local authorities falling by around 50% since
2010, youth services have seen significant cuts as councils seek to make
Unison shows that from 2012 to 2016, over 600 youth centres have closed, over
3,500 youth work jobs have been lost and almost 140,000 places for young people
have been cut.
asked youth workers about the impact of youth service cuts. 83% said they were
having an effect on crime and antisocial behaviour, and 71% said it was now
harder for young people to stay in formal education.
be making sure that young people have the support and environment they need to
fulfil their potential. Youth services have a crucial part to play in this.
services are important too for addressing anti-social behaviour.
“I urge anyone
in Wirral West who wants to improve the opportunities available to young people
to get involved with the consultation.
will rebuild youth services to create a system that works for the many, not the
You can find
out more about Labour’s vision for youth services and the consultation by
where you can
also take part. You can also get involved by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or
write to the office of Cat Smith MP – Labour’s Shadow Minister for Youth
Affairs – at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.