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Youth services

EDM (Early Day Motion) 315: tabled on 24 January 2024

Tabled in the 2023-24 session.

This motion has been signed by 5 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises the deep impact that the last decade of austerity has had on local youth services; notes the YMCA's findings that youth services have been cut by £1.1bn nationally since 2010/11, which is a real-terms fall of 74 per cent, and that the annual spend per head for 5-to-17-year-olds in England plummeted from £158 in the 2010-11 financial year to just £37 in 2020-21; further notes the cuts to local councils and that local authorities such as Wakefield have had real-term funding cuts of 40.4% since 2015-16, which have added further pressure to services which support young people; expresses its alarm that Hemsworth constituency in the Wakefield District has had nearly £400 per pupil cut from school budgets; praises the comments on this issue made by local people such as Codie Smith, a pro-boxer in Hemsworth, who has called on Parliament and local councillors to do more for young people; believes that the lack of opportunities and low social mobility for young people fuels anti-social behaviour; and urges the Government to rethink its strategy for funding youth services.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.