Youth services

First recipients of youth fund to receive £12m

27/05/2022

The first recipients of the Government’s Youth Investment Fund are set to receive £12m in funding to help improve access to services and youth workers.

LGA: Youth services funding cut could have paid for 1,000 support workers

25/02/2022

More than 1,000 youth and community support workers could be recruited using money removed from a flagship government fund for youth services, local authority leaders have said.

Youth services hit by 'decade of funding failures'

15/02/2022

Spending on youth services in England has fallen by £1.1bn in the past decade, according to analysis by the YMCA.

Budget 2021: More money for youth services and 'family hubs'

27/10/2021

A £560m cash injection for youth services and the funding of ‘family hubs’ in England to support children and parents have been confirmed in today’s Budget.

Over two million young people ‘overlooked’ in COVID recovery

26/08/2021

The over two million young people living in rural areas are being overlooked in the post-pandemic recovery, a new report has warned.

Council chiefs urge Government to put children at ‘heart of recovery’

14/07/2021

Local authority leaders have called for a cross-government strategy to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of the post-pandemic recovery.

Launch of £16.5m youth COVID-19 support fund

26/11/2020

The Government has unveiled a £16.5m youth COVID-19 support fund to help protect the future of grassroots and national organisations.

Councils call for devolution of National Citizen Service funding

06/11/2020

Only one in six eligible young people are taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), leading to calls for the Government to devolve its funding to local youth services instead.

A third of youth services at risk of closure, research shows

04/08/2020

A third of London’s services for young people are at risk of closing down in the next six months, new research has warned.

MPs warn youth services cuts are increasing knife crime

10/03/2020

Councils should have a legal duty to deliver a minimum level of youth services to help prevent knife crime, MPs have argued today.

Youth services bearing brunt of 'drastic' cuts finds report

03/03/2020

Youth services have a vital role to play in tackling crime, gang culture and loneliness, a charity has argued today.

Knife crime ‘epidemic’ fuelled by cuts, committee says

13/02/2020

Cuts to important and life-saving services for vulnerable young people have caused a rise in knife crime, according to a new report.

Khan announces over £55m of funding to tackle causes of crime

13/02/2020

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced that £55.5m of new funding will be available for tackling the underlying causes of violent crime in the capital.

Regional inequality impacts girls’ ‘quality of life’

20/01/2020

Inequality between the UK’s regions means that some girls are being ‘left behind’, a children’s charity has warned.

Youth service funding cut by 70% over decade

20/01/2020

A whole generation of young people have been ‘robbed’ of youth centres due to cuts, a union has warned.

Youth projects given £12m funding boost

25/10/2019

Youth projects across the country are to be given a £12m boost culture secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.

Khan announces £4m for London youth workers

16/10/2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced he will invest £4m to increase the number of youth workers in hospitals across the capital.

Youth service spending set to hit ‘lowest point in a generation’

25/09/2019

The young persons charity YMCA has warned that spending on local youth services is at ‘breaking point’ with a nearly 70% decrease in funding in a decade.

Crime-fighting funds in scarce supply - survey

21/08/2019

Three out of four UK council chief executives and leaders do not have access to enough funding to tackle rising levels of violent youth crime, a survey has found.

MPs declare youth violence to be ‘social emergency’

31/07/2019

Young people have been failed in the ‘most devastating way’ by the Government, MPs have said, as they warn that youth violence is a ‘social emergency’.

Council chiefs welcome review of youth services

11/07/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed a review of youth services announced by civil society minister Mims Davies.

Councils ‘in the dark’ over youth service funding

15/05/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that councils ‘remain in the dark’ over youth service funding that helps tackle knife crime and county lines drug dealing.

Cuts to youth services factor in rise of knife crime, MPs say

07/05/2019

The local areas that have experienced the largest cuts to their youth services budgets have seen increases in knife crime, MPs have revealed.

Neuroscience and knife crime

24/04/2019

Gifford Sutherland, knife crime expert at The Training Hub, provides some insight into neuroscience, young people and knife crime.

Council chiefs call for investment in services young people ‘need’

12/04/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed the Government’s proposed youth charter, but insist investment in local services is what young people ‘want and need’.

Quarter of care leavers experience 'low life satisfaction’, charity finds

01/04/2019

Young people leaving care are seven times more likely to be unhappy with their lives than their peers, according to new research.

Councils to be part of ‘multi-agency initiative’ against knife crime

01/04/2019

Local authorities will be among the bodies involved in a multi-agency initiative against knife crime launched by home secretary Sajid Javid.

Council chiefs criticise £10m ‘brand revamp’ of youth initiative

15/03/2019

Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s decision to spend £10m on a ‘brand revamp’ of an underused youth initiative.

Youth service funding essential to tackle ‘spate of violence’, council chiefs say

11/03/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in youth justice grants as part of the effort to tackle knife crime.

Austerity is gutting services ‘vital’ to women’s lives, report reveals

07/03/2019

Austerity has hit women the hardest with funding for women’s refuges, social care and youth and children’s services slashed, a new report has found.

Uniformed youth groups get £5m funding boost

10/09/2018

The Government today announced a £5m fund to help increase places for vulnerable young people in uniformed youth groups.

Whitehall spends 95% of youth services budget on 'unpopular' programme

02/08/2018

The Government’s National Citizen Service (NCS) is only attracting a small number of young people despite hundreds of millions of pounds of investment, local government leaders find.

Unions submit pay rise claim for youth and community workers

14/05/2018

Unions have submitted a pay claim for youth and community workers they say would narrow a growing gap between falling wages and rising costs caused by austerity.

Benefit reforms a driver of youth homelessness, charity says

16/04/2018

Welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among young people aged 16 to 24, charity warns.

Cuts to youth services lead to rise in crime warn councils

05/03/2018

Government funding cuts have served to undermine years of work by local authorities in tackling youth crime, council chiefs warn.

Khan warns youth services cuts are fuelling rise in knife crime

28/06/2017

The Government has been urged by the London mayor to reverse its £400m cuts to youth services in order to tackle rising knife crime in the capital.

Millions cut from youth services spending warns Unison

12/08/2016

More than half of all councils have cut youth services in the last year, trade unions have warned.

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