Cornwall, Lewisham and Bury

White Gold, a partnership between the police and Cornwall youth offending team (YOT), is to close at the end of this month because its £185,000 funding from a government local area agreement is to end. The crime prevention project in Cornwall has helped more than 960 young people since it started in 2003. This follows news that other youth offending teams across the country are being cut.

Unite, the union, has said that Lewisham CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) has frozen recruitment for vacant posts to achieve savings of £484, 000. It estimates that thousands of children and young people could be hit by the cuts. The savings come as a result of funding cuts including: specific funding from the schools’ team being withdrawn; local authority funding has reduced by £160,000; the funding for the adolescents’ team has been cut; the primary care trust has reduced funding by £80,000; the rent for Kaleidoscope – the centre in Lewisham which houses all aspects of children’s services – has been increased.

The Independent has reported that Bury Council is planning to outsource all its public services. The council needs to save £32m within the next three years. Bury’s Youth Parliament MP said, “Four of the town’s five youth clubs will close. The clubs are great. We do cooking and painting classes and grow plants to give to the residents of local old people’s homes. But the youth budget is being cut by two-thirds.”


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