Our commitment to youth services
Youth services – like youth clubs, youth centres and counselling for young people – are absolutely vital in our communities. The benefits of youth work are real and long-lasting, offering young people safe spaces to explore their identities, develop their interpersonal skills and increase their confidence.
Eight years of austerity has meant that direct government funding to local authorities has been slashed by two thirds, and youth services have seen significant cutbacks as councils seek to make savings.
Between 2012 and 2016, almost 140,000 places in youth centres for young people were cut. 600 youth centres closed down and 3,500 youth workers lost their jobs. This means that a generation of young people could potentially be left without the opportunity to play a full part in our communities.
Here’s the full story:
Under the watch of this Tory government, our vital youth services have collapsed.
This Youth Work Week, share the facts – austerity isn’t over.
Posted by The Labour Party on Friday, November 2, 2018
We can no longer sit back and allow the Tories to fail our young people.
We will introduce statutory youth services in every local authority, providing a guarantee and reassurance to young people. We will also ring-fence the budget to deliver these services, ensuring that they’re protected from future cuts.