Monday 15 April 2019 / 6:40 AM Jeremy Corbyn / Youth

Youth services cut by 70% since 2010: £880m cut from services for young people since Tories came to power 

New analysis of spending by English local authorities on services for young people reveals a real-terms cut of £880m since 2010.

According to Labour analysis of government spending figures published by the Department for Education, spending on youth services has been cut by 70% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Meanwhile, analysis of per capita spending also found:

  • Nearly nine out of ten (87 percent) of councils have slashed spending by at least 50%.
  • Half of councils have cut spending per young person by over 75 percent.
  • On average, councils have cut spending on youth services by £70 per child since 2010/11.
  • Just two councils – Labour-controlled Islington and Camden – actually increased per capita spend.

Spending on youth justice – councils working with young people to reduce re-offending and keep them out of the justice system in the first place – has also been cut by 45% since 2010.

With violent crime rising by record levels – 19% in the last year alone – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will today visit an educational activity centre in Yorkshire which provides diversionary activities for young people and ex-offenders and emphasise the link between Tory cuts to services and rising crime levels.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP, 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 our services to the brink and tearing the heart out of our communities.

“Cuts have consequences, and not only have the Tories betrayed a generation of young people; these cuts are creating the conditions in which crime can thrive.

“Labour in government will introduce legislation to guarantee quality youth services for all of our young people and we will give our councils the funding they need to invest in our public services”.