Youth take the spotlight in budget cuts

Youth take the spotlight in budget cuts

Olivia Cooper

Next year in June, we will see cuts in youth allowance, parental support and more; cuts which will affect a number of disadvantaged youth.

With the cost of living now reported to increase, the rate of unemployed and low income earners in youth is reported to rise also. Experts say with rising unemployment comes a rise in crime, which is a major concern in New South Wales as housing juvenile correctional facilities are already costing the state over 1.1 billion a year.

Reports by crime and youth specialists have suggested that the 1.1 billion spent on housing juvenile criminals should be spent on improving the lives of disadvantaged youth. Changing bail laws in the state would enable more funding; funding that could be put towards closing the gap between the disadvantaged and the wealthy, in turn reducing crime as a whole.

OLIVIA COOPER reports.

 

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