Young people in Herts get less than half the money per head spent on youth services that the Government recommends. And then we wonder why there are problems. In 2002 the Government recommended that spending on the youth service should be around £100 per young person.
In 2007 the Tory controlled County Council provides a mere £49 per head, which is itself a fall in funding since 2006. As a result the Youth Service only reaches 17% of the age group it is supposed to be serving. The Pioneer Youth Club is under threat. The County Council is also looking to sell off Youth Music Studios and other facilities for property development with no assurances that all of the money will be reinvested in services for young people. With highways in a continuing shambles, it is hard to know what the county council is spending our money on.