Making space to play

Charities are urging the Government to spend £600m on providing better facilities and activities for teenagers after a survey found that more than half of them were in danger of drifting into crime out of boredom. A report from youth campaign Make Space, in partnership with advisory service 4Children, found that one million young people were hanging around on street corners because of a lack of facilities after years of cuts to youth services. 'Investing in Young People, Investing in our Future' found that 4 million 11-16-year-olds did not have any access to after-school provision or youth clubs, and 80 per cent believed there were not any facilities for them in their local area. One in four young people loitered in bus shelters or other public spaces.

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