Cat Smith on the start of National Youth Work Week
Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, marking the start of National Youth Work Week, said:
“Youth workers are the unsung heroes of our communities and play a vital role supporting young people with their ambitions for the future.”
“However, after a decade of Tory austerity and relentless cuts to this important profession, thousands of youth workers have lost their jobs and youth services have all but disappeared.
“Labour in government will rebuild our decimated youth service by investing significantly in youth work. We will also introduce a new national ‘Youth Service Guarantee’, ensuring every young person has access to high quality youth work in their community regardless of their background and circumstances.
“This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country so that that no one is held back and no community is left behind.”
Notes to Editors:
- Youth Work Week is the nation’s annual celebration of all things youth work. For more information, visit: https://nya.org.uk/youth-work-week-2019/
- Labour recently announced its plans to rebuild youth services https://labour.org.uk/our-plan-to-rebuild-youth-services/
- Analysis by Labour found that the Tories have slashed Youth Services by £1billion https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tories-slashed-youth-services-1billion-20532639