Commenting on the announcement today (Friday) that Labour plans to invest an additional £1bn in youth services, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“Youth services are in tatters after almost a decade of Tory austerity. This much-needed investment will help restore hundreds of centres and thousands of jobs.
“Cuts have coincided with a rise in exploitation by ‘county lines’ drug criminals and teen-on-teen knife attacks. At-risk young people need the skills to thrive so they don’t end up jobless, unskilled, with mental health problems and at the mercy of gangs.
“Supporting communities should be the priority and councils must be given proper funding to meet local needs.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON research shows that 4,500 jobs and 763 youth centres have closed since 2010.
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.