Youngsters ‘hit by cuts’ says Sheffield MP

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CHILDREN from poor backgrounds are being hit hard by Government cuts, Sheffield Labour MP David Blunkett told a conference involving heads of children’s services from across the country.

The politician, who represents Brightside and Hillsborough, spoke during the national Local Authority Services for Young People Annual Conference, held at the Mercure St Paul’s hotel in Sheffield city centre.

Former Education and Home Secretary Mr Blunkett gave the keynote speech at the event.

He told delegates: “At a time when around a million 18- to 25-year-olds find themselves out of education, training or employment there is a real danger of deep disillusionment and resentment by young people across the country at the withdrawal of key support services.

“From the abolition of the Child Trust Fund, which would have provided 18-year-olds with a £10,000 nest egg for training, further education or a contribution towards a deposit on a home, through to the withdrawal of the Education Maintenance Allowance, young people are bearing a disproportionate burden.”