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Spending on Late Intervention: how we can do better for less

Picking up the pieces from damaging social problems affecting young people such as mental health problems, going into care, unemployment and youth crime costs the Government almost £17 billion a year, new research shows.

Our analysis finds that almost a third of this bill came from the annual £5 billion cost of looking after children in care. 

An estimated further £4 billion a year is spent on benefits for 18-24-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) with another £900 million spent helping young people suffering from mental health issues or battling drug and alcohol problems.

Publication and description obtained from the Early Intervention Foundation's website