Services for young people are amongst the most important in any community with youth workers, in many senses being the unsung heroes of these communities.
By building up relationships of trust and support with young people, helping them make their own decisions about their own lives, and developing their confidence and resilience, youth workers play invaluable roles in supporting young people.
Spending cuts have harmed young people and their prospects in a number of ways. Cuts in benefits have meant that many young people from poorer backgrounds have struggled, even when they are in work, with rising housing costs and reduced housing benefit combining to make it increasingly difficult for young people to get a decent start in their adult lives.
Child poverty can have lasting affects. There is strong evidence to suggest links between poverty and poor educational attainment, which in turn has an impact upon their employment and earnings capacity, the development of complicated health issues and even reduced life expectancy. [i]