Banbury Labour Party are urging members to support Labour MP Gerry Sutcliffe’s Early Day Motion (488) which demands statutory youth services, after a period of two years which saw the decimation of youth services around the country.
2,000 youth work jobs and around 350 youth centres have been axed with 41,000 youth service places lost, with these cuts disproportionately hurting the most vulnerable in society, our young people.
The National Officer of Unite, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, says, “Youth workers support some of the hardest to reach young people and do a fantastic job. We know that it is a social and financial false economy to cut youth services, yet they have been cut more severely than any other public service. This is because existing statute and funding arrangements are not fit for purpose.
This EDM recognises the importance of a statutory funded, universal and wide-ranging youth service that will support young people in their journey into further and higher education, employment or training. It also believes that responsibility for youth services within central government should rest with the Department for Education. Without this protection in statute, youth services really will be the first public service to disappear.