Published: 27 January, 2017
• GREEN London Assembly member Sian Berry published a study last week into the decline of youth service facilities and budgets across London as a result of the government’s austerity agenda.
Islington is not as bad as some of the boroughs, managing to still spend more than any other council and only cutting 15 per cent off its funding for the sector over the last four years – compared with more than 70 per cent reductions in Newham and Hillingdon in the last five.
But the situation is bleak London-wide, with 10 of the councils which responded reporting funding cuts of 50 per cent or more and further drops planned for 2017-18. The full report can be seen at www.sianberry.london.
Good-quality youth services help prevent young people falling into crime and make them less vulnerable to exploitation by gangs.
A recent survey by Unison trade union found that 83 per cent of young people asked felt that cuts in youth services were already having an effect on crime and anti-social behaviour in their lives.
Sadiq Khan’s draft Police and Crime Plan says “prevention is key to protecting young people and reducing crime over the long-term”. The Green Party is therefore calling for the London Mayor to divert some of the GLA’s London Crime Prevention Fund, in his forthcoming budget, to do more for real crime prevention by topping up council budgets for youth services.
Islington Green Party