Jennette Arnold
London assembly member for North East London — fighting your corner at City Hall
Boris Johnson to consider 90% funding cuts to youth and education schemes

Boris Johnson to consider 90% funding cuts to youth and education schemes

A unpublished Greater London Authority report suggests that Boris Johnson is considering a 90% cut to funding to youth and education schemes.

The fact that Boris Johnson would even consider cuts of 90% to schemes designed to help some of London’s most vulnerable young people tells you everything you need to know about his cavalier and uncaring approach to governing.

Projects to increase apprenticeships and support for people to stay on at school may seem like optional extras to Boris Johnson but for many young people they make a world of difference, helping them to get on in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

Boris Johnson may be focused on his next job in Parliament but he has a duty to responsibly see out his term working for all Londoners. These cuts however suggest more a policy of scorched earth, drastically cutting funding to important projects and leaving his successor to pick up the pieces.