by danielbarker on 4 December, 2018
At least 160 youth centres have closed since 2016, FOI reveals
At least 160 youth centres have closed since 2016, a report based on Freedom of Information Act requests by Unison claims.
The union says the figures, based on responses from 101 councils, represent a serious false economy as youth centres help prevent crime, anti-social behaviour and misuse of drink and drugs – all of which result in higher public spending. They also promote education and training, Unison says.
The union claims that more than £13m has been cut from youth services in the last three years. The FOI responses suggest that around 900 youth workers have lost their jobs over the same period.
General secretary David Prentis said: ‘Youth workers are invaluable in ensuring young people have a positive role in society. Funding for these services should not be cut at a time when they are needed more than ever.’
Chris Mahony (LGA)
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