Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Youth cuts "will improve service"

A TEN per cent cut in the youth service budget offers a “genuine opportunity” to make improvements, council leaders have said.

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It said setting up a north and south team operating out of two locations in each area will provide a more consistent service.

The service has to save £134,000, ten per cent of its budget, as part of £15.2m savings by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

A council report says empty posts will not be filled and some buildings will be given up to save cash though some buildings will need refurbishment. No names are given.

It says: “It is predicted that by moving forward with the above, increasing opportunities to
income generate, that the Service will be more efficient and accessed by considerably more young people than at present, in more user friendly settings, and the quality of the youth work will be enhanced.”

It said work could be offered at different times, such as weekends. A consultation on the plans will start this month.

The report says: “This is a genuine opportunity to transform and develop provision and be creative together with partners to deliver more efficient, enhanced and targeted Youth Service
provision within Solihull.”

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