Kent, Surrey, Sutton and Lancaster

Kent County Council is proposing to cut funding to youth services by £1m.  Under the plans spending on youth services will be cut by £1.7m, and spending on commissioning local youth work will increase by about £800,000. Savings will be found by closing 24 youth clubs and street-based projects. The council will also cut the equivalent of about 64.5 full-time posts from the current total of 233.73 posts.

Surrey County Council has dismissed trade union claims that the authority has begun “slashing” youth services in Surrey. Trade union Unison said members of staff had been told that all work carried out outside of youth centres would stop from January 1 next year. The organisation added that up to 100 youth workers would see their jobs go and that up to 120 projects would be axed. However, the council has said that its proposed changes to its youth service will lead to community leaders and councillors appointing a local organisation or business to run youth clubs. Garath Symonds, the county council’s assistant director for young people, said “We do not propose to make any front-line member of staff redundant”.

In Volunteering England’s submission to the Public Administration Select Committee’s Big Society inquiry it said that Volunteer Centre Sutton has to make eight staff redundant and is losing its youth volunteering specialists.

Guardian’s Cutswatch has reported that Lancaster Farms, a mental health ward which serves young prisoners who are suffering a mental health crisis or at risk of or who have attempted suicide, is set to lose 20 staff. Many of them are care leavers and most have come from abusive backgrounds. They have committed or are on remand for serious crimes.


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