Assembly Member, Sian Berry, outside of the Grove Park Youth Centre

News from Sian Berry: Crumbs for London’s youth services

05 September 2017

London will only get a £7 million grant from the Government, which is not enough to plug the deep and widening hole in youth service funding says Assembly Member Sian Berry. [1]

Today the Government announced an investment of £40 million in grants to youth services shared across the UK.

Sian Berry published two reports on youth service cuts in London last year. She found that London councils have cut at least £36 million in funding for youth services compared with 2011 budgets.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport new grants announced today will only benefit a handful of charities and youth organisations in London.

Sian Berry’s research also revealed more than 30 youth centres have shut down in London and more than 450 youth workers’ jobs have been axed. [2]

Sian Berry says:

I’m pleased the Government has started to value youth services but these grants are crumbs compared with the cuts council have had to make in recent years.

My research found that just in London nearly 500 jobs have been cut in youth services along with £36 million in budget cuts since 2011. 

It’s a criminal waste to have youth centres sitting empty. The Government and the Mayor need to do much more to invest in our young people.”

Notes to editors

[1] Table of Government £40m grant for youth services London breakdown

Government £40m grant for youth services

   

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/fil...

     

Name of Org

Grant

Borough

Active change foundation

£205,805

Walthamstow

Barking and Dagenham youth zone

£677,424

Barking and Dagenham

Big Creative training

£569,600

Walthamstow

Clapton common

£171,715

Hackney

Essex boys and girls clubs

£583,653

Unknown

Fight for peace

£294,997

Newham

Frenford youth club

£318,060

Redbridge

Hackney play

£312,836

Hackney

Hackney quest

£227,830

Hackney

Laburnum Boat Club

£227,910

Hackney

Ministry of Stories

£341,000

Hackney

Royal Society for Blind Children

£200,605

Hackney

Skyway Charity

£407,445

Hackney

Studio 3 Arts Ltd

£356,424

Barking and Dagenham

The access to sport project

£226,737

Islington

Attlee Centre

£254,784

Tower hamlets

The Limes Community and Children’s Centre

£247,785

Walthamstow

The Worth Foundation

£261,589

Walthamstow

West Ham United Foundation

£650,000

Newham

     
     

Total

£6,536,199

 
     

[2] Youth services in London – what next? Sian Berry AM, 6 Mar 2017

(this updates the figures in Sian Berry’s report London’s lost youth services, published in Jan 2017) https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/sian-berry/londons-lost-youth-services-report

  • Total youth service cuts across London between 2011/12 and 2016/17 are now more than £36 million – an average of 34 per cent
  • At least 457 youth worker jobs have been lost since 2011 – a staffing cut of 48 per cent
  • 36 youth centres have closed across the city

Sian Berry was elected as a Green member of the London Assembly in May 2016. She has been a councillor for Highgate ward in Camden since 2014.