Commissioner hits out at councils’ youth cuts

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HAMPSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner says the way councils have cut cash used for young people is ‘scandalous’.

Simon Hayes was visiting two projects in Portsmouth and Havant to see the work charities are doing for young people when he made the comments and was launching his new youth campaign Be Part of the Solution.

(centre front) Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire  Simon Hayes with (bottom left clockwise) Sheryce Sparkes (15), Dylan Antoney Grant (16), Michael O'Rourke (15), Naomi Cairns (14) and Callum Bradshaw (15) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143015-3821)

(centre front) Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire Simon Hayes with (bottom left clockwise) Sheryce Sparkes (15), Dylan Antoney Grant (16), Michael O'Rourke (15), Naomi Cairns (14) and Callum Bradshaw (15) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143015-3821)

He was at Big World Impact, in Havant, and Pompey in the Community, both of which are making a difference to the lives of young people in order to tackle youth crime, anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol problems. Mr Hayes said: ‘The contribution that organisations like Big World Impact and Pompey in the Community makes to the development of young people to improve confidence in themselves, to send a message to young people to say you don’t have to offend or commit crime in order to be recognised, is hugely important and worthwhile. Councils have, in my view, withdrawn funding (for young people) to a scandalous level.

‘We’re beginning to see a generation of young people who are not being properly supported by adults or by the community.

‘They’re not giving them the support young people need to develop into adults who contribute to the community.’

In the morning Mr Hayes visited Fratton Park where he met members of the Youth Commission.

Over at Havant College, he met young people from Big World Impact when they took on Leigh Park police in a football tournament.

Sport is just one way the charity engages with young people. It also runs an arts project with Making Space, in Leigh Park, and a youth forum where young people make their voices heard.

This is funded by the PCC, Asda and works closely with Havant Borough Council and Havant Hockey Club.

The Be Part of the Solution campaign encourages young people to consider the contribution they make to improving their wellbeing.

It encourages others to consider how they are supporting young people to aim high and make responsible decisions.

Pledge your support at bepartofthesolution.org.uk.