London youth clubs

MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Recent research from Guardian cities has shown that London has lost nearly 100 youth centres since 2011, these due to central government cuts to local councils. As part of your Young Londoner’s Fund, is any funding allocated to keeping existing youth clubs open?


London youth clubs

London youth clubs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Knife Crime APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) report shows the devastating impact the cuts to youth services are having on young people, with areas that have suffered the largest cuts facing the biggest increases in knife crime.

I am determined to invest in young people and my Young Londoners Fund is key to our long-term approach to tackling knife and violent crime in the capital. We’re now providing record amounts of funding, which is much needed following years of government cuts to key local services.

To date, I have invested over £20.5 million in projects that will offer positive activities and safe spaces for over 66,000 young Londoners. Many of these, such as the ‘There is Another Way’ project at the Harrow Club W10, ‘Girls Empowered Against Crime’ at the Knights Youth Centre in Lambeth and ‘Movement Through Arts’ at Bollo Brook Youth Centre in Ealing, are delivering from existing youth clubs and supporting the young people who use these clubs.  

Answer for London youth clubs