Cllr Morris Bright, Vice Chairman of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, reponds to a Home Affairs Committee report on serious youth violence.
“This report supports our call for significant extra funding for councils’ youth services so that essential cost-effective prevention and early intervention work, including in schools, can help make the necessary step-change to tackle serious violent crime, including county lines activity and knife crime.
“We support a public health approach to tackling serious violent crime, which requires the input of a range of partners, including those in the health and education sectors, as opposed to relying solely on a criminal justice strategy.
“In the forthcoming Spending Review, government needs to reverse funding cuts to local youth services, youth offending teams and councils’ public health budgets, and fully fund the services that protect our most vulnerable children, otherwise we will not be able to tackle serious violence in our communities.”
- Councils in England face an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Prime Minister does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils.
- Children’s services face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025.
- Councils were forced to cut spending on local youth services by 52 per cent, from £652 million in 2010/11 to £352 million in 2017/18, as a result of government funding cuts.
- Government funding for Youth Offending Teams has more than halved, from £145 million in 2010/11 to £72 million in 2017/18.
- Councils’ public health grants from central government have been reduced by £700 million in real terms between 2015/16 and 2019/20.