Commenting on a YMCA report published today (Monday), which reveals the extent of youth centre closures, UNISON head of local government Jon Richards, said:
“A generation of young people have been robbed of the safety net of youth centres.
“It’s no surprise there’s been an increase in unemployment, mental health problems and gang-related activity.
“The short-sighted closing of youth centres will be felt for years to come – with some young people paying the ultimate price.”
The YMCA report found that every region of England has each seen funding for youth services cut by more than 60% since 2010. Some of the most severely affected experienced average cuts of as much as 74% in the North West, 76% in the North East, and 80% in the West Midlands.
Notes to editors
– 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.
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