“Councils with large cuts to youth services were more likely to also have seen an increase in knife crime in the area’s police force, research suggests.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime (APPG) studied budgets for youth services from 2014/15 to 2017/18. It also analysed knife crime data.
It said the four areas worst-hit by youth spending cuts also saw some of the biggest knife crime rises.
But comparison is not like for like as council and policing areas differ.
MP Sarah Jones, who chairs the APPG which is made up of MPs and peers, said youth services cannot just be “nice to have”.
She added: “We cannot hope to turn around the knife crime epidemic if we don’t invest in our young people. …”