The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on knife crime has released data showing the significant reduction in spending by councils on youth services setting this against the steep rise in recorded knife offences.
Data drawn from the Freedom of Information responses from around three quarters of 154 councils approached shows that spending on youth services has been cut on average by 40% over the past three years. In the same period knife crime offences across England & Wales increased by 68%.
The figures indicate that the areas cutting their spending most significantly, including Wolverhampton and Westminster, saw the most dramatic increases in knife crime.
The APPG, supported by charities Redthread and Barnardo's, has called for an urgent review of funding for young people and to consider making it a statutory duty for councils to provide certain types of youth services such as youth clubs.