Forget extending the young people’s railcard, the chancellor needs to pump around £1 billion into local authorities’ youth services.
That’s the call coming from the leading national youth work organisation National Youth Agency, who is joining the Local Government Association and children’s charities Action for Children, The Children’s Society and NCB in calling for Government to address the funding gap in children’s services.
Leigh Middleton, CEO of the National Youth Agency said, “Youth services have taken a real battering over the past seven years, with expenditure falling by more than 50%. And yet the demand for high quality youth services remains, outstripping provision and negatively impacting on young people at a particularly vulnerable time of their lives. It’s not surprising that the numbers of young people in the social care system has risen, while youth services have shrunk. The nation needs urgent investment in youth services to prevent further negative outcomes for young people.
“We have recently seen huge engagement in Youth Work Week – increasingly youth services and youth work in particular are a lifeline for young people and we need to invest in them for future generations.”