Cash for youth offending teams has been slashed despite a violent crime epidemic and ministers repeatedly promising new money for prevention.
The Government has handed Youth Justice Boards a “desperately disappointing” £71.6m – exactly the same as last year, meaning the settlement represents a real-terms cut.
It comes as a spike in knife and gun crime has seen London’s murder rate overtake New York’s.
On Saturday, a 28-year-old woman became the capital’s 44th victim of knife crime while there have been 66 murders so far in 2018.
YJBs fund local authority-led teams of social workers, probation officers, community psychiatric nurse and police who do an “absolutely crucial” job helping young people turn their backs on crime.