Effect of youth club closures
BBC figures show that 163 youth clubs in Wales have been closed by councils since 2014. Workers in the sector fear that young people could be vulnerable to drugs and crime if more youth clubs are close.
In recent years, local authorities have made cuts to the youth services in Wales, which includes work to tackle homelessness and running youth clubs. Figures show the number of frontline council workers in Wales has lowered from 2,000 in 2010 to 800 in 2018-19.
Dr Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales has said that youth services are ‘vital’, and spending money in this sector can ‘save money in the long term’.