The Liberal Democrats have announced they would more than double national spending on youth services in York to £3.576 million, to help give young people a better start in the city and help address issues such as knife crime.
This would form part of a total ring-fenced fund of £500 million for Local Authorities across England to spend on youth services, providing young people with positive, safe and healthy spaces to enjoy themselves in the city.
Under the Conservatives, Council spending on youth services has been cut by £300 million - or 40% - since 2015. Knife crime has risen by 80% over the same period, with a record high of 47,500 offences recorded in the year to June 2019.
In addition to the funding, the Liberal Democrats have committed to taking a public health approach to tackling youth violence, modelled on the successful approach taken by Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit. This would involve identifying risk factors and treating them early on, with youth workers, police, teachers, health professionals and social services all working closely together to prevent young people falling into gangs and violence.
Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for York Outer, commented:
“In York, the Liberal Democrats have already committed to providing our young people with a better start in the city and ensuring that our communities are safer for local residents.”
“That is why I am delighted that a Liberal Democrat Government will more than double funding for York’s youth services to over £3.5 million; ensuring that our young people are given excellent and safe opportunities to grow in the city.”
“It is clear, the Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for our young people by giving them, and our local communities, the support they deserve.”