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Revealed: Boris Johnson considering 90% cuts to education and youth services

I condemn the devastating proposals for 90% cuts to the education programmes run by City Hall. The cuts to projects which support young people to stay on at school, develop workplace skills and increase the number of apprenticeships were revealed in a leaked document which admitted they would disproportionately hit the most vulnerable groups of young people.

In a heated exchange at last week’s Mayor’s Question Time Boris Johnson refused to rule out the 90% cuts and resorted to telling Assembly Members to “stick it up your…” The leaked report showed that if the proposals were agreed funding for youth and education projects would drop from £22.6m in 2014/15 to just £2.3m by 2016/171. Certain projects such as those to support apprenticeships and get into work would be axed entirely with zero funding planned for 2016/17 despite the number of people starting apprenticeships falling for the last two years.

The fact that Boris Johnson would even consider cuts of 90% to schemes designed to help some of Brent and Harrow’s most vulnerable young people tells you everything you need to know about his cavalier and uncaring approach to governing.

Projects to increase apprenticeships and support for people to stay on at school may seem like optional extras to Boris Johnson but for many young people they make a world of difference, helping them to get on in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

Boris Johnson may be focused on his next job in Parliament but he has a duty to responsibly see out his term working for all Londoners. These cuts however suggest more a policy of scorched earth, drastically cutting funding to important projects and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces.

 

ENDS

 

Notes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

-       BBC London coverage of the MQT meeting and leaked report showing 90% cuts to youth and education budgets is available here.

-       The number of apprenticeships started by region:

 

Region

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

 

 

Full Year

Full Year


  Full Year
  (provisional)

 

North East

38,340

35,870

30,020

 

North West

89,310

84,180

70,640

 

Yorkshire and The Humber

64,200

59,900

 

East Midlands

46,790

49,010

39,290

 

West Midlands

60,470

62,430

51,400

 

East of England

45,820

46,220

39,870

 

London

47,230

45,070

38,550

 

South East

66,850

68,960

58,690

 

South West

55,950

52,540

45,200

 

England Total

515,000

504,200

426,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

5,600

6,040

6,220

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

520,600

510,200

432,400

 

 

Source: Breakdown by geography, equality & diversity and sector subject area: starts 2013/14

 

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26th November 2014