Sheffield, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent

Sheffield City Council has announced plans to cut its voluntary sector budget by 15% from April. The council intends to alter its funding relationship with not-for-profit groups by commissioning more services and awarding fewer grants. About 1,200 voluntary organisations currently receive £73m a year from the local authority, which is 5% of the total council budget. Warwickshire County Council may cut youth services, as unions say they have been told the council is looking at stopping the entire youth service in the county.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has revealed that it is planning to save £33 million, and £12.6 million would come from its children and young people’s directorate, which faces up to 241 job losses. It is considering shutting children’s centres, a teenage pregnancy service and an outdoor education centre. The Guardian has reported on an anonymous council which is planning on making spending cuts which will affect young people. Playgroups for children, youth clubs and breakfast clubs will all be cancelled. Streetlights will be switched off at night. Libraries and children’s centres will close. Fees for swimming and sports will increase.


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