Latest analysis by the YMCA suggests that youth services have been cut by £1b in real terms over the last eight years.
The research found that since 2010/11 youth services spending in England has reduced by £959m, with local authority spending dropping from £1,357m in 2010/11 to £398m in 2018/19 – equivalent to a 71 per cent cut.
Worst placed are young people in the North East and West Midlands where cuts of up to 80% have been registered over the period. London and the East of England have fared better but even here cuts amount to over 60%.
Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England & Wales said ‘The reality behind these figures is that since 2010, more than 4,500 youth work jobs have been cut and 760 youth centres have closed. We believe this is unacceptable. Without drastic action to protect funding and significantly reinvest in youth services, we are condemning young people to become a lonely, lost generation with nowhere to turn.’
‘We owe it to the younger generations to create a youth services offer that is viable, reliable and sustainable.’
Read the full report here.