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Corbyn pledges youth services cash

Labour leader makes ‘Only Young Once’ announcement during visit to Old Street youth centre

11 October, 2019 — By Jane Clinton

Young people at the Soapbox Youth Centre surround the Labour Party leader

JEREMY Corbyn toured an Islington youth club before announcing that the Labour Party will introduce a massive investment programme in youth services.

The Labour leader was visiting Soapbox Youth Centre in Old Street on Tuesday when he promised that he would create “proper youth services . . . for the many, not the few”.

The party announced “Only Young Once” which it says is its “vision for rebuilding youth services across the whole country”, taking a public health approach.

It added that it would “end the postcode lottery” for young people and introduce a “Youth Service Guarantee” to ensure young people have access to youth work in their community “regard­less of their background and circumstances”.

The cost will be laid out in the party’s spending plans for the next general election.

Mr Corbyn tweeted: “The Tories have unleashed a crisis in our youth services. We will fix it and rebuild support for our young people.”

In new analysis by Labour it said public spending on youth services had fallen by £1billion since 2010; more than 750 youth centres had closed since 2012 and 14,500 youth and community and work jobs have been lost since 2008.

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