Youth services in England and Wales ‘face being decimated’
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Youth services in England and Wales ‘face being decimated’

Calls for more funding and 50,000 new workers and volunteers to meet steep rise in demand during Covid

Youth leaders are calling for the recruitment of an additional 50,000 youth workers and volunteers to meet a tripling in levels of need during the pandemic.

Cuts to public spending, which analysis shows have gone deeper in the most deprived areas, coupled with the depleted reserves of youth charities mean that failure to give more support “will see youth clubs and centres close, the youth sector decimated and lost opportunities for young people”, said Leigh Middleton, the chief executive of the National Youth Agency.

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