Somerset and Gloucestershire
April 27, 2012 1 Comment
Bath and North East Somerset Council is to increase funding for children, young people and families from £11.21m to £11.46m. The increase will see extra funding going to local youth projects and an extra £13,000 to the council’s youth enablement fund for youth groups.
North Somerset Council is facing a judicial review over cuts to youth services. “Public Interest Lawyers Ltd (PIL) is representing a resident of North Somerset in a judicial review of North Somerset Council’s decision to cut Youth Services provision by over 70% between 2011/12 and 2014/15… The Claimant contends that North Somerset Council failed to thoroughly evaluate the impact and long-term sustainability of community-run youth services and that it failed to adequately consult the users themselves or even to make them aware of the scale and impact of the proposed changes. He also argues that the Council breached its statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010 in failing to give due regard to its obligation to consider the ‘protected characteristics’ of a number of service users – characteristics such as disability, gender and race.”
South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on plans to reduce the number of children’s centres and stop running youth clubs as part of plans to target services to the most vulnerable children, young people and families. The council said that only 20 per cent of young people regularly visited the 13 youth clubs that the council runs. Some councillors are opposing the plans.