Somerset, Derby, Manchester and Stoke

Somerset County Council is set to stop funding for 18 youth groups and seven youth centres as part of measures to save £2.25m and reduce its spend on youth services by 75% over the next three years. Out of the 21 council-owned youth centres, seven could be handed over to community groups while 18 community-based groups that are currently supported by council resources could see that funding stopped.

Community Action Derby is losing £240,000 from its youth volunteering ‘vinvolved Derby City’ programme from April 2011. The decision is affecting 265 v funded projects/organisations and will affect thousands of young people aged 16-25. Two staff posts are going and theyouth volunteering support service will also disappear.

Manchester City Council has published its proposed budget for 2011/12, setting out how it will make £109 million of savings over the next financial year, rising to £170m in the 2012/13. There will be a 26% reduction in the children’s services budget in order to make savings of £45.1m. “The council will cease to directly provide many youth services… [and] will transfer the responsibility for running youth centres to partner agencies such as  voluntary groups.” A commissioning budget – of more than £1m – will commission services from such groups.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is cutting its Children’s and Young People’s services by £9.5m – nearly a fifth of its budget.


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