To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the real terms changes have been in his Department's total funding for youth offending teams in each year since 2010.
MoJ funding for youth offending services is delivered through the Youth Justice Board Good Practice Grant. The changes in funding in real terms were as follows:
These reductions were made in the context of wider savings made across the department. The MoJ is committed to ensuring there is sufficient funding for Youth Offending Teams whilst also ensuring public money is managed appropriately.
YOTs continue to carry out vital work to support young people through the justice system and prevent them from entering it in the first place. The number of first time entrants to the youth justice system has fallen by 86% between 2007/08 and 2017/18, and by 14% between 2016/17 and 2017/18.