Over the last fortnight we’ve endured news of further swingeing cuts to local authority Youth Services.
In all these cases we hear the usual apologetics – the need to target resources and intervene early, while the voluntary sector will fill the void. There’s been an angry response to this latest round of devastation on our Facebook page, including information on cuts elsewhere. For example Brent council has reduced the budget from £1.4 million to £400,000, whilst Lancashire is considering significant budget savings.
One contributor to the debate comments,
So sad to see this. I was a youth worker in Dorset for many years, working in several different venues and later training other part time youth workers. We did some cracking stuff and I remain in contact with many of the young people who are now adults with their own children. A very retrograde move by Dorset County Council.