Cuts to youth services

From 2012 to 2014 …

• More than 2000 youth service jobs were lost
• 350 youth centres were closed as a result of the cuts
• 41,000 youth service places for young people were cut
• At least 35,000 hours of outreach work by youth workers were removed
• Youth service spending was cut by £60 million (from 2010 to 2014the figure was £259m)

Cuts to youth services lead to increased poverty, crime, higher youth unemployment and an increase in teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. These factors will have major knock-on effects on communities, the criminal justice system, the health service and the economy.

UNISON Local Government report

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