Blackpool’s youth offending teams has had their funding slashed by 51 per cent under Tories and Lib Dems
Figures uncovered by the Labour Party show that the Tories and Lib Dems have cut the Blackpool’s youth offending team’s funding by £339,523 since 2010 - meaning cuts of 51 per cent.
Across Lancashire County Council the cuts have totalled £1.19million.
Nationally, the Tories have slashed central government funding for youth offending teams by over half from £145m in 2010/11 to £71m in 2017/18.
Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon forced the government to release the damning statistics after he demanded that the Justice Department reveal the value of central government grants given to Youth Offending Teams for each local authority area since the Coalition formed.
Chris Webb, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, commenting on the figures, said:
“Our town benefits so much from their youth offending teams. They do so much good work in stopping young people committing crime or becoming victims of crime.
“It was completely unacceptable for the Tories and, in coalition, the Lib Dems to cut this funding. But it is appalling that, with youth violence rising, the government is still failing to prioritise funding for this essential service – with below-inflation real terms cuts year after year.
“You can’t keep the public safe on the cheap. Boris Johnson and our MP Paul Maynard must guarantee the resources needed to protect our communities and help prevent young people from getting involved in crime in the first place.”
· The government’s replies to Richard Burgon’s written questions can be found here:
https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2019-05-09/252658/ and https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2019-07-12/276570/
· Youth offending teams work with young people that get into trouble with the law to help them move away from crime. They also run courses to help prevent crime and support young people throughout the criminal justice system.
· In every year from 2010-2018 there was a real terms cut in funding
· And the 2019/20 funding, as reported by the LGA is £70.7, a cut vs 2016/17