By Maximilian Clarke
Spending on youth services has dropped by 12.3% over the past year to an average of £102.49p- or 28p per day- workers’ union, Unite have calculated.
Using data made available by a freedom of information request, the union have built a picture of declining youth spend, finding rural youth in Conservative constituencies the worst off. In Prime Minister David Cameron’s ward in Oxfordshire the spend is just half of this- around £52 a year.
The union is stepping up the pressure for the government to urgently change course, taking part in today's Choose Youth rally for youth services which will see 1,000 young people descend on parliament to demand a fairer deal from the government.
"Youth services are a soft target for cash-strapped councils. Councils gamble that the problems caused by pulling youth support now won't be seen for years,” commented Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey. “But as this summer's riots and the near one million young people on the dole show, the day of reckoning may well dawn sooner than expected.
"Young people are fed up by being short-changed. They are bearing the burden of austerity while this government imposes an absurd plan to replace a high calibre, low cost, professional youth service with an amateur service limping along on handouts. This is not governing for the people, it is neglect."
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