Tameside, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire

The In Defence of Youth Work Campaign blog says that Tameside Council is proposing to end its youth service. According to a joint union press release the council plans to merge a number of services into integrated “youth and family teams” – putting around 150 staff at risk. The In Defence of Youth Work Campaign has also highlighted campaigns to protect youth services in Witney and Haringey.

Lincolnshire County Council says it expects to lose between 800 and 1,000 FTE (full-time equivalent) posts over the next four years in order to save £125m. Savings are being implemented mainly in social care for adults and in youth services.

Connexions Staffordshire, a £12m-turnover charity that until recently employed 330 staff, is to be wound up and its services absorbed into Staffordshire County and Stoke-on-Trent City Councils. The councils believe they can provide these services more efficiently by bringing them in-house.


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