Isle of Wight, West Sussex and Yorkshire

Isle of Wight council is expected to make nearly £4 million pounds worth of cuts next year. Support services offered to young people in full time education are to be scrapped in 2012, with the removal of the Connexions careers advice service. The Council says it will consult with schools, IW College and training providers to see if existing services can be provided at a reduced cost. The council’s Youth Service management could be outsourced to a voluntary organisation or charity as the Council looks to make a saving of £128,000. Children and Family centres are to be reviewed, with the aim of ‘co-locating some services’.

West Sussex County Council is planning a further £2m worth of cuts to its youth services budget. This comes on top of £2m of cuts that were revealed last year and as the council looks to reduce its total spending by £79m over the next three years. The council is looking to target services at the most vulnerable young people and encourage local community groups to take over the running of youth projects. Among the proposals is to cut the number of county-council-run youth clubs. The only youth centres that would remain under the proposals would be “those in communities that are identified as being in greatest need”.

The effect of cuts to young people’s services in Yorkshire has been examined by Yorkshire Post. It includes details of youth projects cut back, leisure services closeed and school bus services reduced. North Yorkshire County Council has announced it is withdrawing its £1m-a-year subsidy for its outdoor education service. As a result, centres at Greatfryupdale on the North York Moors and the Humphrey Head Centre near Grange-over-Sands are to close.


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