The amount of money spent on services for teenagers in England has fallen by 36% in the past two years, according to figures released to the BBC.
Fiona Blacke, CEO of the National Youth Agency, interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme, said, “Five years down the line, there will be more young people in the criminal justice system, more young people not engaging with education as a result of these budget cuts. The cost of that, in the long term, will be enormous; far greater than the £438 million cut.”
“Local authorities are, by and large, trying to preserve services by working differently. The best councils are at the forefront of this and are innovating and working in partnership. It is imperative, though, that youth services remain a focus for all local authorities, or the costs down the line, in both economic terms and the wasted potential of young lives, will be massive.”