LGA responds to launch of Young Lives Commission

Council-run youth services have a vital role to play in helping young people avoid being drawn into harmful and dangerous situations. However, these services have seen funding reduced by more than two-thirds in real terms since 2010, which means limited funding for prevention work is being diverted into services to protect children who are at immediate risk of harm.


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Responding to the launch of the Young Lives Commission by former Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield, which aims to help prevent young people from becoming involved in serious violence, gangs and the justice system, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:

“We support this new commission which stands to help prevent young people from becoming involved in serious violence.

“Council-run youth services have a vital role to play in helping young people avoid being drawn into harmful and dangerous situations. However, these services have seen funding reduced by more than two-thirds in real terms since 2010, which means limited funding for prevention work is being diverted into services to protect children who are at immediate risk of harm.

“Children need to be at the heart of the national recovery and we want to work with government ahead of the Spending Review to invest fully in children and youth services, which is key to tackling serious violence, to help them avoid long-term unemployment, mental health problems and being lured into criminal activity, to ensure no one is left behind.

“This includes making the £500 million Youth Investment Fund – first promised by the Government two years ago in September 2019 - available as soon as possible. 

“We are also calling for Violence Reduction Units – currently in 18 police force areas - to be extended to all police forces in England and Wales and for them to have five years long-term funding, rather than year-on-year commitments.”