Today Tracy Brabin has hosted a reception in support of rebuilding the youth service in parliament.
The event came at the launch of Youth Work Week which runs from 6-12 November 2017. It provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.
The British Youth Service was once the best in the world, it was emulated in many places internationally. It benefitted millions of young people. It was a unique public service built by young people, the main youth workers union, and local authorities. It provided open access support, guidance, and informal education to young people for generations.
However, this Conservative Government has failed to recognise these benefits. Instead they have imposed ideological driven cuts on local authorities, which has devastated the sector at a time when they are needed more than ever.
New analysis by the House of Common Library commissioned by Labour shows that under current budget plans £422m will have been cut from spending on youth services between 2011/12 and 2017/18.
Under the Conservatives, over 600 youth centres have closed, over 3,500 youth work jobs have gone and 140,000 places for young people have been cut.
New analysis reveals that Tory cuts will see spending on youth services in Kirklees has decreased by 11.2%. Responding, Tracy Brabin MP for Batley and Spen, said:
“Youth workers are the unsung heroes of our communities, helping young people to develop the skills and confidence they need to build a positive future.
However, this analysis demonstrates how this Tory Government’s ideologically driven cuts on local authorities have devastated the sector at a time when they are needed more than ever.
Once again we see how the Conservatives treat young people as a second thought. As MP for Batley and Spen I will continue to be an advocate for young people in Parliament, many of which have been left behind by this Government.”