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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.
Welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among young people aged 16 to 24, charity warns.
Government funding cuts have served to undermine years of work by local authorities in tackling youth crime, council chiefs warn.
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.
More than half of all councils have cut youth services in the last year, trade unions have warned.