Coventry and Liverpool

Coventry City Council is making spending cuts of £38million. Services hit by funding cuts include Sure Start children’s centres, the Connexions careers service, trust funds for children in care, “youth opportunities” projects and mental health support in schools. However cuts in grants to charities and volunteer groups have been frozen at last year’s 3% and there will be £500,000 extra for services to 16 to 24-year-olds not in jobs, education or training.

Liverpool City Council’s youth service will have to operate with a reduced budget of £5.5m in 2011/12, a reduction of 28%, and in 2012/13 the budget will be £5.05m. The council says “substantial savings” on management costs could help bridge this gap, but it will consult on the possible closure of four youth centres in the least deprived areas of the city. The council said it is committed to working with partner organisations including housing associations, police, faith groups and resident associations, to maximise youth provision in the city and is “optimistic” that most frontline youth work will continue. “We are also looking to utilise some £400,000 of the early intervention grant to target services to young people living in our most disadvantaged neighbourhoods as part of this review,” the budget proposals states.


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