Hampshire, Blackburn with Darwen, Harrow and Waltham Forest

Hampshire County Council is aiming to save £4m from the youth support services department, which this year has a budget of £12m. The council plans to get voluntary groups to pick up vital advice and help work with young people. County leaders are now asking young people across the county to have their say on which services they want to keep as they look where to cut costs. One option being considered is the creation of a countywide service performing the role that used to be offered by Connexions, for schools to buy in.

Other major proposals include targeting youth support services to the most vulnerable, including those at risk of homelessness or involvement in crime, and investing up to £2m in local voluntary sector schemes.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is at the centre of a High Court legal challenge following their decision to cut short breaks funding for over 20 local disabled children. The judicial review proceedings, which have been launched by two families on behalf of their children, seek to overturn the council’s decision to withdraw funding for the short breaks service it has been providing through national disabled children’s charity, and NCVYS member, KIDS.

Harrow Council has cut its voluntary sector budget by 15% to £669,360, and reduced the number of organisations receiving grants from 91 to 31. Waltham Forest Council is preparing to vote on plans to cut up to 70 jobs in youth services.


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