Milton Keynes, Nottinghamshire, Rotherham and Lincolnshire

Milton Keynes Council is planning to make £3.9m of savings for 2011/12 in  children’s services, around 6.7% for the department.  CYPNow reports that a “quarter of the money will be saved by restructuring the Connexions service with the axe falling on the post-16 aspect of the service’s work.” Other savings will come from cutting £50,000 for teenage pregnancy work and £200,000 for support provided by community and voluntary sector organisations.

Nottinghamshire County Council will cut its budget for the voluntary sector from £3.2m in 2010/11 to £1.4m from April – a cut of 56%.  Nottingham City Council said it would also be cutting funding to the voluntary sector after its Supporting People grant from central government, which allows it to fund groups helping vulnerable people, was cut from £22.3m in 2010/11 to £12.3m next year.

Lincolnshire County Council is looking to make savings of 62% to targeted children’s services, which include school improvement, youth and Connexions services. It will also be aiming to make savings of 16% to universal services, which include school transport services, early years provision and children’s centres.

Young people in Rotherham have staged a demonstration today to protest about possible cuts to youth services in the area. One young person said “Already we believe that one in three of our Connexions personal advisers look like they are going and there are real fears that centres will be closed and youth workers will lose their jobs.”


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