New analysis of spending by English local authorities on services for young people reveals a real-terms cut of £880m since 2010.
According to Labour analysis of government spending figures published by the Department for Education, spending on youth services has been cut by 70% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.
The analysis also reveals that nearly nine out of ten (87%) of councils have slashed spending by at least 50% and half have cut spending per young person by over 75%.
Labour say that, on average, local authorities in England have reduced spending on youth services by £70 per child since 2010/11.
Only two councils, Islington and Camden, who are both Labour-controlled, have actually increased spending per capita.
Spending on youth justice, designed to reduce re-offending and prevent young people from getting into trouble in the first place, has also been cut by 45% since 2010.
During a visit to an educational activity centre in Yorkshire, which provides activities for young people and ex-offenders, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will blame Austerity for “tearing the heart out of our communities”.
Mr Corbyn is expected to say: “Youth services play an absolutely vital role in our communities, both by helping young people fulfil their potential and by keeping them out of trouble.
“Austerity is pushing our services to the brink and tearing the heart out of our communities.
“Cuts have consequences, and not only have the Tories betrayed a generation of young people; these cuts are creating the conditions in which crime can thrive.
“Labour in government will introduce legislation to guarantee quality youth services for all of our young people and we will give our councils the funding they need to invest in our public services”.
Disclaimer: This article is based on an official press release from the Labour Party.