Suffolk and Kirklees


Suffolk County Council is looking to save £850,000 by creating a more targeted youth service, and is consulting around 250 youth workers about the plans. Documents presented to the council’s cabinet state that just 0.9 per cent of the county’s 53,000 young people use youth clubs and the money could be better spent on targeted support. A “divestment fund” will be set up to help local communities carry on running youth projects in their area.

Kirklees Council has cut £2.66m from this year’s Children and Young People’s Service budget. 17 youth workers from the Connexions Young People Service and the Young Offenders’ Team are due to lose their jobs, but the council’s Scrutiny Panel is investigating the decision to make them redundant. The staff work with 300 vulnerable teenagers at risk of committing suicide, becoming pregnant, committing crimes or becoming prostitutes.

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