Decision Maker Response
Siân Berry’s response
Apr 13, 2016 — This petition is really important and I'm very happy to support it.
Cuts to youth services in London are a false economy which show how many politicians fail to think in a long term, joined up way. Youth services come in many forms which reflects the needs of young people. They can provide purpose, identity and direction when young people need it most. As Mayor I would ensure that youth services have the resources they need in London.
Greens on the Assembly have published reports highlighting the positive work done by many organisation working with young people. One potential area of funding is the police and crime budget. Greens believe that prevention is better than cure, so we would actively support programs which diverted young people away from crime, especially gang related violence. I would commission community and voluntary organisations to provide services with these funds, and investigate ways in which the police can improve their relationships with local communities, particularly in areas with high levels of violent crime. We will require Borough Commanders to act on those local finding. I would also promote genuine apprenticeships and training schemes.