Waltham Forest, Sefton, Buckinghamshire and Rotheram

Forest YMCA in Walthamstow is losing £550,000 following severe cuts to Supporting People contracts. This means the closure of its domestic violence service and the end of most support to its service to 122 homeless young people.

Sefton Council is taking £500,000 from the youth service budget and next year another £500,000 will be cut. Initial proposals of £1.4million of cuts were reduced after a campaign gathered 21,000 signatures opposing the closure of the youth service. This has meant a reprieve for Duke of Edinburgh Award funding.

Buckinghamshire County Council has agreed £1.6m cuts to youth services over the next two years, leaving four South Bucks centres at risk of closure, including Burnham. Nearly 100 youth workers are at risk of redundancy in 2011/12, and 24 additional people in youth service posts have already been told they will be laid off by the county council this month.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is making savings to the youth service of £400,000 in 2011/12 and a further £134,000 in 2012/13. Half of Rotherham’s 22 youth centres are set to close, which will mean the loss of 29 full-time posts from the town’s youth service. The council plans to buy five “youth buses” at a cost of £325,000 to offer mobile youth services. The council said after the closures youth services would be focused on “core centres” in 13 areas and a new £3.5m youth centre funded by the Department for Education which will open in the town centre this autumn.


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