Details of local authority cuts to youth services

A House of Commons library paper, commissioned by Labour, reveals details of Local Authority expenditure on Youth Work, Connexions and overall provisions for young people in 2008-09 and 2010-11. The survey of  just over two-fifths of  councils reveals that 56% of Conservative or Lib Dem councils reduced the amount spent on youth services between 2008-09 and 2010-11. This was also the case for 41% of Labour councils and 46% of councils without a majority. It shows that on average ‘Youth Work’ and ‘Connexions’ spending has decreased by 17% across England between 2008-09 and 2010-11 . However over the same period “Provisions for young people” has not changed and provisions per capita has increased by 2%.

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