Stephen holds Minister to account on cuts to Youth Services

On Monday, Stephen Timms asked Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins to acknowledge the problems caused by drastic cuts in youth service funding since 2010.

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During the exchange, Stephen pointed out that the London Borough of Newham has recently appointed 30 additional youth workers to deal with the problems associated with this shortfall. In her response, Victoria Atkins thanked Stephen for the work he has done in promoting youth services.

Speaking after the exchange, Stephen said: 'The Minister's response was full of warm words, but it failed to recognise the damage done by cuts to youth services over recent years. These cuts have been devastating to the fabric of our local communities and I call on the Government to reverse them without delay'.

The discussion came as part of an Urgent Question on Violent Crime tabled by Jim Fitzpatrick MP.