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Leaked document reveals '90% funding cuts for London's youth'

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Media captionBoris Johnson told an opponent to "stick it" during Mayor's Question Time

Funding for youth and education services across London could be cut by 90%, according to a leaked document.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) report reveals funding could drop from the current £22.6m to £10.4m next year before being reduced further to £2.3m by 2016-17.

It stated: "Decreasing our funding has a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable groups of young people."

But it also said nothing had been confirmed regarding the future budget.

The report, dated 4 November and written by the Education and Youth Forward Planning Team, stated: "We are forecasting a 90% reduction in GLA managed investment in education and youth."

Image caption Labour's Andrew Dismore tried to challenge Boris Johnson on the city's during Mayor's Question Time

BBC London's political correspondent Karl Mercer said the cuts could impact the city's mentoring programme and school leadership clubs.

During Mayor's Question Time Labour's London Assembly Member Andrew Dismore asked the mayor: "Why don't you address the point in this paper? That you're going to impose 90% cuts."

Mr Johnson responded by saying: "We have a budget that has done more for young people in this city than your party ever did.

"We will continue to expand support for young people and I'm proud of our record and I'm proud of what the Mayor's Fund for London has done."

The mayor went on to say "I'm proud of what we've done with apprenticeships and you should take that paper and stick it up your..." - but failed to finish the sentence.

City Hall said it had spent £50m on youth funding during Mr Johnson's current term.

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