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Increases in remand fees

Responding to the news that the YJB are increasing fees for remand, Jenny Coles, Chair of the Association’s Families, Communities and Young People Policy Committee, said:

“Youth offending teams have experienced a significant decrease in their funding from central government in recent years. We’re at risk of this having an impact on the outstanding success these teams have made to date. That being said, across children’s services there are significant continuing pressures, we face a £1.9bn funding gap by 2020. These increased fees will place already stretched council budgets under even further strain at a time when demand for our services is high. It must be recognised that reductions to local authority budgets to date alongside the cumulative effect of reductions right across public services have and will impact heavily on our work and our ability to make the biggest difference to the most vulnerable children and young people.”

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