Kate has lashed out at massive cuts to spending on youth services in Trafford.
New analysis reveals that spending on youth services in Trafford has decreased by more than £3 million between 2011/12 and 2015/16 – a 93 per cent cut since 2011.
These shocking findings came during Youth Work Week (6th – 12th November) which provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.
In parliament, Kate has criticised Ministers for repeatedly failing to provide the plan on youth policy which they promised last year.
Kate said: “These figures showing huge cuts to youth services in Trafford are a disgrace. We should be investing in our young people, but funding’s been slashed, and youth organisations have been forced to reduce or even close down clubs and activities.
“Youth workers are the unsung heroes of our communities, helping young people to develop the skills and confidence they need to build a positive future, but services can’t be delivered on thin air. They need funding to support the volunteers and staff who run them.
“Thanks to government and council cuts, thousands of young people who rely on youth services have been left behind, particularly the most vulnerable in our community.
“The government urgently needs a comprehensive plan to support good quality youth work, ensure a well trained workforce, and offer young people leisure activities and opportunities to contribute to and participate in wider society, as so many wish to do. And Trafford Council must prioritise our young citizens, who’ve lost out under budget cuts made by the Tory council.”