Youth work in Yorkshire


The Youth Association, Yorkshire’s youth work charity, has published details of Freedom of Information requests to all of the councils in the region. They reveal that “cuts to youth services over the last 2 years have been well in excess of the general level of cuts imposed on councils by the Chancellor, and the real cuts to proper open-access youth work (what we, you and everyone recognise as youth work) has driven it close to extinction.” Cuts to youth services in Sheffield, Rotherham and York have been above 25%.  The Youth Association notes that “councils are no longer able to calculate their actual spending on open access youth projects and clubs offering youth work” and figures councils are using instead refer to “integrated youth support services, (including careers advice, YOTs and targeted work with young people at risk).”

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