Ellie Ames 14 June 2024

UNISON: More than two-thirds of council youth centres lost

UNISON: More than two-thirds of council youth centres lost  image
Image: The Road Provides / Shutterstock.com

Funding cuts have led to the closure of more than two-thirds of council-run youth centres in England and Wales since 2010, according to a trade union.

Unison found that 1,243 council-run youth centres closed between 2010 and 2023, with just 581 still in operation by the end of March last year.

By 2023, more than four in 10 councils (42%) no longer operated their own youth centres.

Unison warned that the loss of facilities and specialist workers to provide guidance and mentoring had put teenagers at risk of isolation, gang and knife culture, and anti-social activities on the streets.

The next government must take the issue seriously and invest in rebuilding the network of council youth centres and staff training, the union argued.

Unison head of local government Mike Short said: ‘Councils and the youth workers they employ can do a lot of good for local communities and help keep the streets safer too. But only if they are given the funding to do so.

‘Sadly a decade and more of austerity has undone much of the previous good work and created a lost generation of youngsters.’

The union also revealed that over a third (38%) of council-run children’s centres in England have closed since 2010, with number dropping from 3,106 to 1,168.

Unison warned that the closures have left many vulnerable families unable to access important early years support.

Check out: UNISON: To whoever forms the next government…

Fixing the broken retrofit system image

Fixing the broken retrofit system

Ian Preston, Centre for Sustainable Energy, argues the retrofit system is broken and offers lessons for the Local Authority Retrofit Scheme.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Audit Trainee

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£24,684 - £31,695 per annum
The apprenticeship As part of the level 7 programme, apprentices will be required to complete the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) qualification followed by three case study exams that lead to Chartered Internal Auditor status (CMIIA). For further inform Wandsworth High Street
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

IT Systems Manger

West Northamptonshire Council
£63510 - £69613
How would you like to come and design your own infrastructure team? West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced and energetic IT Systems Manager to lead our team of highly skilled technicians in the In Northampton
Recuriter: West Northamptonshire Council

Information and Support Assistant

Ashfield District Council
£24,294 - £25,979 per annum (pay award pending)
There are many benefits to working in local government Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Ashfield District Council

HGV & Municipal Vehicle Technician

Ribble Valley Borough Council
Scale 5 (scp 16-19) £28,282 to £29,777 per annum
This post assists the Senior HGV and Municipal Vehicle Technician. Clitheroe, Lancashire
Recuriter: Ribble Valley Borough Council

Legal Services Manager & Deputy Monitoring Officer

Mansfield District Council
£52,381 - £54,523 per annum (pay award pending)
Mansfield District Council is offering an exciting opportunity for an experienced Lawyer. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: Mansfield District Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.