Surveys reveal scale of scale of council youth service cuts


CYPNow has published details of two surveys which demonstrate that services for young people are a soft target for local authority cuts across the country. A study by the Confederation of Heads of Young People’s Services calculates that over £100m will be removed from the local authority operational budgets by March 2012, with just under 3,000 FTE staff being lost. It estimates that youth services will suffer average budget cuts of 28% in the next financial year, and that open-access youth clubs and centres will be most affected.

A second survey, conducted by the union Unite in conjunction with CYP Now, shows that more than a quarter of youth services in England face cuts of between 21 and 30%. 27% of Unite’s youth service members who responded said that youth clubs and centres would be most affected by the cuts. The same percentage said that Connexions or other information, advice and guidance services would be hit by spending reductions.

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