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This blog is no longer being updated. NCVYS is now working to document the level investment in youth services through our new venture Youth Report.


Youth Offending Teams

Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation Jeremy Wright has said that between 2009/10 and 2010/11, there were 835 fewer posts in youth offending teams (YOTs) in England and Wales, including volunteers, part-time and temporary staff. He said this was a 4% reduction and noted that over the same period, “the number of young people supervised by youth offending teams dropped by 20%”.

CYPNow have reported Gareth Jones, chair of the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers, in response who said, “I don’t think you can make a direct link between there being a 20 per cent reduction in caseloads, with four per cent fewer staff… YOTs have been successfully taking young people out of the system who do not need to be in it. These were young people who were not getting an awful lot in terms of services because they didn’t need it. Those requiring more services are still there. It is not a directly comparable link.”

Youth homelessness

YMCA Derbyshire Chief Executive Gillian Sewell has written an open letter to Derby City Council asking it to rethink plans to reduce its Supporting People funding for homelessness services by 65 per cent. CYPNow reports that the council is considering proposals to cut its annual £9.4m Supporting People budget by £6.1m by 2014.

YMCA England Chief Executive Ian Green has said that the 11 per cent cut to the Supporting People programme and the abolition of ring fencing for the scheme mean that vulnerable young people are more likely to face homelessness. He added that these vulnerable young people would also suffer greatly from the impending welfare reform changes.

Social Fund

The Child Poverty Action Group has published The Social Fund at a local level: notes for and from practitioners, which analyses the cuts made to support available through the Social Fund, which supports people on a low income. Based on a sample of 12 authorities, the average reduction in funding for replacement local schemes (required under the Welfare Reform Act 2012) will be 13.9 per cent between 2011-12 and 2013-14, rising to 15.6 per cent in 2014-15.

Judicial review challenges cuts to charities

Mr Justice Calvert-Smith has ruled that London Councils’ decision to make a £10m+ cut to London voluntary sector grants programme was flawed and has ordered it to run fresh consultation.

London Councils, which represents the capital’s 33 local authorities, decided in December to repatriate funds from its £26m grants programme to individual councils, meaning they would be free to spend the money as they chose. It would have meant the scheme falling in value to £17.6m in 2011/12 and to £9.9m the following year if no new funding was found.A judicial review brought by service users from one of the 200-plus charities that would have been affected by the move found in the charities’ favour. Mr Justice Calvert-Smith ruled that London Councils’ consultation process was flawed and that it failed to meet statutory equality duties. The judge quashed all of the cuts and ruled that London Councils must rerun the consultation process with full impact equality assessments.

Patrick Butler has blogged in the Guardian about whether judicial reviews will protect charities against cuts. He concludes, “it looks like a judicial review may offer respite from the cuts, but not neccessarily a reprieve.”

£16.5m cut to London voluntary sector grants programme

Financial Monitoring Updates

The blog follows the work of the NCVYS policy team, which is producing a Financial Monitoring Service in response to the number of new details emerging around government spending and cuts. NCVYS will continue this service until at least the Comprehensive Spending Review in Autumn 2010.

This work began on the NCVYS website in June 2010, and updates from the last few months remain here, but from October onwards news will be added here.

Previous posts

This post lists those cuts reported at before it was decided to make the project a blog. It has been published here too as it may be useful for research purposes.

September 2010

Youth leadership (28/09/10)
The Citizenship Foundation has learned that the Department for Education, which funds The Youth of Today, is cutting the schools part of the programme. The programme, which began in February 2009 and is to be completed in March 2011, aimed to improve the quality and quantity of youth leadership opportunities for disadvantaged 13 to 19 year olds.

Cuts to Councils (28/09/10)
Bexley Council is reducing its education budget by £1.194 million: this includes provision for school support services, Connexions, children’s social care, substance misuse, teenage pregnancies, transport and designated teacher funding. There is also a reduction of £187,000 from the Communities and Local Government fund which tackles anti-social behaviour and a £24,000 reduction in Home Office spending for safer communities and substance misuse programmes. The TUC have collated details around cuts in the north east. Those which affect young people include Sunderland City Council’s cuts to Prevention Grants by £440,000. This 11% reduction affects a number of prevention measures including anti-bullying initiatives, programmes to reduce first -time offending, positive activities for young people, teenage pregnancy reduction programmes, and measures to improve physical and mental health. Somerset County Council has reduced funding for youth services in Crewkerne, Chard and Ilminster.

Local Government Submission to the Spending Review (23/09/10)
The Local Government Association has written to the Treasury warning that frontline services face a shortfall of £12.5 bn in 2013/4, rising to £20 bn by 2014/5. The gap will be created by rising demand for services, combined with cuts in government grants. The LGA believes, however, that a radical devolution of funding powers – “local budgets” – could save £100 bn. The report estimates that the total cost of children’s services, including SEN and child protection costs, will rise by at least £5 billion over the next four years.

Cuts to Councils (23/09/10)
Suffolk county council is proposing a “virtual” authority that outsources all but a handful of its services. Libraries, youth clubs, careers advice and children’s centres, are among the first services that could be divested. The council hopes offloading services could shave 30% off its £1.1bn budget. Bath and North East Somerset Council is planning to reduce its youth services budget from £1 million to £655,000 from April next year. The cost-saving proposals focus on pulling the plug on funding for some youth centres. More than 100 young people have protested against the cuts. Cumbria County Council is awaiting decisions on whether there will be a £602,000 cut in the grant for the Playbuilder scheme and a £225,000 cut in the Aiming High for Disabled Children capital grants. A £3.1m reduction in the area-based grant for children’s services means the council’s contribution to the Connexions service is being reduced by £415,000. Surrey County Council is likely to cut careers and Connexions jobs by at least 40 per cent, according to Surrey County Unison. Earlier this month, the council reported a 25 per cent reduction for Surrey careers and Connexions services.

David Cameron comments on cuts to voluntary sector (16/09/10)
David Cameron, Prime Minister, has told councils: “When it comes to looking at and trimming your budgets, don’t do the easy thing, which is to cut money to the voluntary bodies and organisations working in our communities. Look at your core costs. Look at how you can do more for less. Look at the value for money you get from working with the voluntary sector.” He said this at Prime Minister’s Questions in response to Labour MP for Bolton West, Julie Hilling, who advised that Bolton Community and Voluntary Services had already lost £89,000 of grants this year for small voluntary groups.

Cuts to Councils (16/09/10)
The union Unite has claimed that Sheffield City Council‘s package of £2m of cuts will hit the most vulnerable young people. One project that will be cut is the city-wide Learning Difficulties and Disability Team, also known as Stepping Stone, which organises specialist youth clubs, holiday schemes and residentials for young disabled people as well as offering them advice, guidance and support on leaving school and college. Leicestershire County Council is cutting Duke of Edinburgh’s Award schemes in 18 schools as part of the authority’s effort to save £66 million. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has reduced its grants budget by £75,000 to £285,570 for 2011/12. The cut is more than double the expected cut of £30,000.

Cuts to council grant scheme (14/09/10)
London Councils’ London Boroughs Grant Scheme currently provides funding for at least 79 organisations connected to the children and young people’s sector and provides around £5.3m to the sector. A review of the scheme could lead to a cut in the grant of as much as 61 per cent. A consultation on the future of the grant is due to close on 10 November.

Creative Partnerships (14/09/10)
The Arts Council England is to withdraw its funding for Creative Partnerships at the end of the current academic year. The programme brings creative workers such as artists, architects and scientists into schools to work with teachers to inspire young people and help them learn. Research from PricewaterhouseCoopers reveals that for very £1 invested, the creative learning programme delivers £15.30 of benefits to the national economy, generating a projected £4bn.

Cuts to Councils (10/09/10)
Somerset County Council is considering reducing its budget for the Children and Young People’s Directorate budget by £17m over the next three years.

Funding cuts to the voluntary and community sector in London (10/09/10)
The London Voluntary Service Council Study has asked for cuts figures from all 32 London boroughs on the cuts facing them. The research has revealed that charities and voluntary groups in London have experienced funding cuts totalling about £50m in the past 12 months.

Youth Justice Board IT project
The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has halted a £7.5m IT project to design and build a new case management system for youth offending teams (YOTs) from the Office of Criminal Justice Reform. The system, earmarked for development between 2008 and 2011 through the Wiring Up Youth Justice programme, was intended to allow YOTs to analyse data on young offenders, superseding existing systems.

Cuts to Councils (07/09/10)
Lancashire County Council plans to reduce the children’s budget by £5.2m, including a £300,000 reduction in funding to Connexions and a £470,000 funding cut for the Youth Opportunity Fund. York City Council has had to make up to 50% cuts to children and young people’s projects due to the ending of the Youth Community Action Pilot programme (YCAP) grant and a 25% cut to Early Intervention Fund Grants (EIF). Cambridgeshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed plans to cut £1m from its youth work and Connexions budgets – roughly a third of the total budget. Barnet Council is facing cuts to its £12m of children service grants of between 25 and 50 per cent.

Connexions (06/09/10)
The blog A Thousand Cuts has published a comprehensive database of cuts announced so far to the Connexions youth service. The database shows that many Connexions services are facing severe cuts to funding and jobs, but that some local authorities that have managed to avoid major cuts.

Cuts to Councils (03/09/10)
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has cut £375,000 from its Connexions budget. West Sussex County Council has announced £2m cuts to its youth services. Youth work, Connexions and youth offending workers will become part of a streamlined integrated youth support and development service as part of the plans. The new service, which will launch in April next year, will concentrate funding on targeting specific groups, including young offenders, looked-after children, teenage parents and those not in education, employment or training (Neet).

Road Safety (02/09/10)
A researcher at the Fabian Society, a centre-left think tank, has written an article examing the cuts to the road safety budget by 40%. This is made up of a 27% cut to the revenue grant (with £20.6m being taken off a promised £76.7m) and a £100% cut to the capital grant (£17.2m). The article analyses research from Road Safety Analysis which found that children from the poorest wards in Britain are disproportionately more prone to being the victims of road traffic accidents, and goes on to infer that the cuts to the road safety budget ‘threaten to significantly worsen the plight of Britain’s poorest and most underprivileged children’.

Arts cuts (02/09/10)
An article published on the the Guardian website has highlighted cuts made to schemes and programmes designed to engage children and young people in the arts. A Night Less Ordinary, the Arts Council England’s (ACE) free theatre ticket scheme for under-26-year-olds, and Find Your Talent, the government’s pilot cultural offering for children and young people, face uncertainty over the future of their funding.

Working Neighbourhoods Fund (01/09/10)
Regeneration & Renewal magazine has reported that some local authorities have cut millions more from their Working Neighbourhoods Fund budgets than they were advised to by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The funding is intended to support attempts to tackle concentrations of worklessness in deprived areas. A number of local authorities use the grant to support young people.

August 2010

NHS Direct (31/08/10)
The government has confirmed it is planning to scrap the NHS Direct telephone service in England and replace it with an alternative service. A new 1-1-1 helpline is being piloted in north-east England.

Cuts to Councils (26/08/10)
Torbay Council has proposed cutting nearly £200,000 from its children’s services budgets. According to the revised budgets, a total of £484,000 of funding from the Play Builder programme is also “under threat”. Gloucestershire County Council has withdrawn its £116,000 annual grant from Cirencester Housing for Young People (CHYP), which equals 40 per cent of the charity’s funding. Leeds Council plans to make nearly £5m of cuts in Children’s Services and cut grants to voluntary groups.

Cuts to Councils (25/08/10)
Coventry City Council
have agreed further cuts of £4.5m, on top of savings of £70m over the next 3 years. The cuts will mainly affect youth and education. There will be cuts of £800,000 from the youth enterprise growth fund and £1.4m from children and learning schemes. Connexions in Cheshire and Warrington is facing cuts of more than £1.7 million, they are having to make 75 people redundant and reduce the wages of remaining staff by 10 per cent. Local councils have cut its budget by 33%. The saving of £1.78m includes cuts of £650,000 from West Cheshire Council, £600,000 from East Cheshire Council and £530,000 from Warrington Borough Council.

Ministry of Justice cuts
A leaked letter has revealed that the Ministry of Justice’s budget will be cut from £9bn to £7bn over the next three years. Cuts could threaten the future of the family courts and the Youth Justice Board.

Careers services (06/08/10)
The public services union Unison has estimated that careers services for young people in England are being reduced by up to 50%, which could lead to 8,000 job losses.

Cuts to Councils (06/08/10)
Sheffield Futures, which runs the Connexions youth careers service as well as personal development and social inclusion projects, is losing more than £700,000 from funding it had been promised for 2010/11. Sheffield Council has also cut £153,000 from its Positive Activities for Young People fund. Coventry City Council is proposing to make significant cuts to services. Areas facing spending cuts include support services for young people being bullied at school, the Connexions careers services and speech and language support services for childdren. £200,000 may be cut from the Children’s Fund, which supports local projects aimed at the most disadvantaged young people. Northumberland Council has told Northumberland Connexions that its funding is to be slashed by £642,000 in October to help the county council find £10m of “in year” savings required by the coalition government. The company says the cut is 24% of its total annual budget of £2.68m.

July 2010

Office for Civil Society cuts (30/07/10)
The Office for Civil Society has announced that it will be making £11 million savings from its 2010/2011 budget.
The £11 million savings will come from:

  • £2 million which was already unallocated in the Office for Civil Society budget.
  • £5 million reduction in the v match fund. The v match fund provides for v to match fund private sector investment in youth volunteering projects on a pound for pound basis. The £15 million fund was under spent by £4.4 million in 2009. In 2010-11 they will now have access to up to £10 million for matching purposes.
  • £1.95 million reduction in the £39 million grant to v.
  • £1.3 million in Capacitybuilders funding. Existing grant holders will be unaffected, committed grants will continue to be paid. The majority is being saved by cancellation of any further new awards under the Regional Networks Fund, Social Enterprise support and remaining elements of the ChangeUp programme.
  • £0.4 million in the Commission for the Compact. The organisation has identified savings which can come from non essential work.

Other smaller savings, including £0.13 million in payments to the Regional Development Agencies to deliver business support for social enterprises and £0.111 million from social enterprise action research programme which funds individual projects across Government addressing policy issues with social enterprise solutions.

Youth Community Action (30/07/10)
The government has announced it is to scrap the Youth Community Action programme, which aims to encourage all 14- to 19-year-olds to take part in volunteering. The programme was being introduced through pilots in secondary schools in five local authorities in England, school support packages for all secondary schools and the Entry to Employment Programme.

Play scheme cuts (30/07/10)
The Department for Education has reportedly told local authorities to freeze spending on new playgrounds, as it will be cutting £65 million from the Playbuilder budget next month. This will mean 1,400 new playgrounds will be cancelled nationally. In Gloucestershire, nine playgrounds across the county will now no longer go ahead, and in north east Lincolnshire 12 playgrounds have been cancelled. 11 playgrounds are on hold in Dorset, and 10 in Bournemouth.

Cuts to Councils
Hampshire County Council has announced it will cut almost £25m from its children’s services budget, as part of a restructure and efficiency savings drive that will see 185 staff lose their jobs. Posts to be abolished include 25 jobs to go in the youth service team that delivers information, advice and guidance in schools and four jobs to go in the social work team responsible for children with behavioural, emotional or social difficulties.

Connexions (28/07/10)
CYPNow has conducted a survey into the future of Connexions services, which provide careers advice and guidance to young people, which was responded to by 56 heads of Connexions. It reveals that more than one in 10 say they face budget cuts of between 41 and 50 per cent this year. Another 43 per cent are expecting to lose at least a fifth of their budget.

Cuts to councils (28/07/10)
North Yorkshire County Council has announced plans to make budget cuts of £14m to the children and young people’s services department. The youth service is facing cuts of £1.3m. This is likely to lead to a cull of management roles and a review of all contracts and premises as well as axing young people’s development worker posts.

Local authority cuts to the voluntary sector (23/07/10)
Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office has written to ministerial colleagues asking them to “raise the alert button” on local authority cuts to the voluntary sector. Speaking at the Big Society launch in Liverpool, Maude admitted that during a time of austerity, local authorities could target charities and community groups.

Cuts to councils
Slough Council has proposed a £120,000 cut from the Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) fund. It has asked the voluntary sector organisations it funds to identify areas where they can make savings and wants them to make 4 per cent savings by the end of the financial year. Lambeth Council has confirmed it plans to cut nearly £90m from its budget over the next five years. As a result, up to 35 per cent of the funding for voluntary organisations supporting young people will be cut from January. The annual budget for children and young people’s services was £80m in 2009/10, but will be reduced to £70m during this financial year. Brighton and Hove City Council has said that it must make cutbacks after the government reduced its grant by £3.5m. Youth advice services, extra support to schools, road safety measures and free swimming for young people are among the projects affected.

Cuts to councils
Croydon Council has created a £350,000 transition fund to help charities who will lose funding when it starts cutting £1.2m from its voluntary sector budget in October. Croydon Council ratified a 66 per cent drop in funding for the voluntary sector over the next four years. Greenwich Council has warned that its voluntary sector grant budget could be slashed by 50 per cent or more from next year. The Council has said funding committed to charities and faith groups would be secure up till 31st March 2011. However, funding committed to the voluntary sector after this date, will be cut by 50 per cent or more. Gloucestershire County Council has outlined how this year’s £7.2 million spending cuts will be made. Over £3 million will be cut from spending on children. There will be impacts for services including Connexions, home to school transport services and school improvement programmes. In addition “a number of projects focused on support to vulnerable children will need to reduce their scope, including many in the voluntary and community sector.

Change4Life funding to be withdrawn (08/07/10)
Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health, has announced plans to withdraw funding from Change4Life, the national campaign to tackle obesity among children and families. The campaign provided funding for free play opportunities for children as well as marketing healthier lifestyles to children and families through TV advertising and web-based support and advice. Lansley said, “We will be progressively scaling back the amount of taxpayers’ money spent on Change4Life and asking others, including the charities, the commercial sector and local authorities, to fill the gap.”

Cuts to councils (08/07/10)
Norfolk Council is to make £10m cuts, much of which will affect children and young people. More than £4m has been taken from area based grants used to support services to children. The Connexions service, which provides careers advice to young people, is losing £1.4m, or half of its funding, and 65 jobs losses as part of a switch to a mainly online and telephone based advice service. Swindon Council has lost £1.2 million of this year’s budget for young people.

Youth Capital Fund (06/07/10)
The Department of Education has produced a document regarding the Secretary of State’s announcement concerning End Year Flexibility. The document covers how £1 billion in reductions will be made, why this is being done and what programmes are affected. Programmes affected include the Youth Capital Fund, which is being reduced by 50% to give £13m worth of savings.

Youth Sector Support Framework Agreements (06/07/10)
The Department of Education has announced it will no longer be proceeding with the planned Youth Sector Support Framework Agreements. Since 2008, the Labour government had been developing these plans which attempted to streamline the way in which youth sector programmes were commissioned out. The process involved youth organisations bidding to be included on a list of preferred providers for programmes delivering certain elements of the government’s Aiming High for Young People agenda, including supporting hard-to-reach vulnerable groups, empowering young people and youth facilities.

Building Schools for the Future (06/07/10)
Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, has confirmed that the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative is to be ended, with 715 schools no longer being rebuilt or refurbished through BSF. Gove said ‘In the light of the public finances, it would have been irresponsible to carry on regardless with an inflexible, and needlessly complex programme.’

Teacher training (06/07/10)
Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, has announced that training for teaching assistants has been cut, but that funding for Teach First has increased. The Training Development Agency (TDA) has revealed that the budget for training higher level teaching assistants (HLTA) has been cancelled for the next academic year. Gove has announced that a £4m grant has been handed to Teach First, the charity that targets high-performing graduates, to expand its reach.

Departmental spending cuts (05/07/10)
George Osborne MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has ordered Government departments to draw up plans for spending cuts of up to 40%. Health and aid spending will be ring fenced, while defence and education will face cuts of between 10% and 20%. Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport has said that Government departments will not have to axe 40% from their budgets.

Cuts to councils
Telford & Wrekin Council is planning to cut almost £2 million from budgets for children and young people, which look like to hit programmes designed to slash teenage pregnancy rates as well as those for out-of-school youth activity. Birmingham Council is making £13m worth of cuts of within children’s services, with almost 1,500 job posts set to disappear.

Play England job losses
Play England has announced 15 jobs will be cut, as part of a re-organisation to deal with an annual funding cut of £900,000. Of its 61 strong team, 15.7 full-time roles will be axed and a further 31 will become new roles, which existing staff members will be able to apply for.

June 2010

Cuts to councils (29/06/10)
Blackpool Council has issued redundancy notices to more than one-third of its youth service team as part of plans to restructure in the wake of government cuts to local authority grants. Areas affected by the £1.3m cuts include all Connexions staff, teenage pregnancy, positive activities and targeted youth support. Westminster Council is planning to reduce its youth and play services budget by £900,000 over the next three years. Funding for services targeted at vulnerable families through family centres is also set to be cut by £950,000 and sports and leisure provision by £300,000.
NCVYS would like members to keep us informed of what is happening on the ground in their area.

Activity Agreement and Entry to Learning pilots (28/06/10)
The Department for Education has written to local providers delivering eight Activity Agreement pilots (AAPs) and four Entry to Learning pilots to tell them their work will end on 31 December. They were due to run until March 2011. The pilots were delivered through Connexions and were created by the previous government in 2006. They offer young people intensive support and incentives to take part in activities that will help them move into employment and training.

Regional Development Agencies to shut (24/06/10)
The Government has confirmed that the last remaining Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) will be closed by the end of March 2012. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is now inviting proposals from parties interested in forming local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). It follows the announcement in the Budget document that RDAs will be abolished through the public bodies bill.

Budget June 2010 (22/06/10)
HM Treasury has published its ‘emergency’ budget for 2010. Key points for young people and the voluntary and community youth sector include: VAT will increase to 20% from 4 January 2010; child benefit will be frozen for the next three years from April 2011; there will be a £2bn increase in child tax credits.

Young Person’s Guarantee (17/06/10)
Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has announced that the extension of the Young Person’s Guarantee will not take place. The guarantee, which was first announced in last year’s Budget, promises a job or training to every 18- to 24-year-old who has been out of work for six months or more. It was due to be extended into 2011/12 at a cost of £450m. Also included in the list of projects to be scrapped is the roll-out of the £290m Future Jobs Fund.

Department for Education savings details (07/06/10)
The Department for Education has given further information about how it plans to save £670m this year. In a letter to former Children’s Secretary Ed Balls, Education Secretary Michael Gove stated that £359m in savings will come from “cutting waste, and stopping and scaling back lower-priority spending”. A further £311m will come from reducing area-based grants to local authorities. Cost savings include cutting the final round of Youth Sector Development Fund grants, which will save £8m, and scaling back the safeguarding budget by £8m by delivering child internet safety messages more efficiently and reducing spending on the home safety scheme. £3m of unallocated money previously earmarked for youth sector support will also be saved. A further £5m will be saved by scaling back planned expenditure on play.

May 2010

Government savings details (24/05/10)
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, David Laws, have announced the details of £6.2bn of savings to be made in 2010-11.

  • £1.165 billion of cuts would be made in local government by reducing grants to local authorities in England.
  • £320 million would be saved by reducing, and then stopping altogether, government contributions to the child trust fund scheme.
  • £320 million would be saved by ending ‘ineffective’ elements of employment programmes, including further roll-out of temporary jobs through the Future Jobs Fund and removing recruitment subsidies from the ‘six-month offer’ of the Young Person’s Guarantee.
  • Spending on schools, the Sure Start programme, and education for young people aged 16-19 would be protected from the cuts.
  • £500 million out of the £6.2 billion saved would be reinvested in further education, apprenticeships, and social housing.

Future Jobs Fund (24/05/10)
The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that no further bids to the Future Jobs Fund will be approved for funding. However, all commitments already made, including those delayed during the pre-election period, will be met.

Child Trust funds (24/05/10)
The Government has announced today that it intends to reduce and then stop all government contributions to Child Trust Funds.