Connexions services

Researchers at the University of Derby have published Careers Work with Young People: Collapse or Transition? The report shows significant cuts to careers services, and raises concerns about their impact on the careers profession and “the lack of a national transitional plan for managing the change.” It finds that of 144 local authorities surveyed only 15 will maintain “substantial” universal careers service. 12 councils are identified as making extreme cuts to Connexions services and at least 49 as reducing or removing the universal careers element of the Connexions service.

A separate investigation by Children and Young People Now has found that local authorities have budgeted to spend almost £180m less on information, advice and guidance services for young people this year compared with last year. “Figures obtained through freedom of information requests to all 152 local authorities in England reveal that councils plan to spend an estimated £289m on Connexions-related activities through their early intervention grant allocations in 2011/12 – 38 per cent less than the £467m central government allocated to Connexions work in 2010/11.”


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