Youth services in the UK have been subject to a large range of financial cuts and restrictions. This impact has meant that many youth services across the country have been closed, reduced, or are facing closure.
Areas facing cuts
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Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has had its funding for youth services cut by 81% by Hampshire County Council.
Bexley Council’s cabinet has rubberstamped proposals to cut the youth services budget by a third.
Bracknell Forest Council says it has been left with a funding gap of £11.6m across all services in 2016/17 due to its central government grant being reduced by 80 per cent over the next four years.
Bradford was facing cuts of 79% to its youth service, however, following action from the community, this has been changed to 36%.
The London Borough of Brent has thrown out plans to axe youth services, close children’s centres and impose sweeping cuts to its Connexions services. Instead the council is to look to outsource children’s centres and youth services. Cabinet members approved a plan to use £1m to of youth services funding “to find new means of service provision in partnership with the voluntary sector and other groups”.
Brighton and Hove council has planned 100% cuts to the funding of voluntary and community sector organisations. This will eliminate youth services in the area, and force the closure of youth centres, youth clubs and both targeted and universal work with young people.
Camden Council in London has announced plans to cut £1.6m from its youth services budget, blaming reductions in funding from central government. It has rubber-stamped plans to create a charitable foundation to run its youth services as part of a major reorganisation designed to save £1.6m over the next three years.The new structure will allow the youth service to partner up with voluntary and community organisations and pull in more funding.
Cornwall Council will not provide an open access youth service in the next financial year due to financial cuts. This places youth centres in doubt, with some needing to be sold as the council cannot afford the upkeep of the buildings.
Dorset County Council A plan to remove funding for 22 county council-run youth centres in Dorset in a bid to save £1m has been approved.
Dudley Council has cut £200,000 from the youth service budget as part of wider plans for £27 million of savings. Voluntary groups will be drafted in to help run some of the activities at the borough’s seven youth centres.
Durham County Council said discussions are underway over the possibility of transferring youth centres in Fishburn, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee, Seaham, Spennymoor and Stanley to community ownership through the Durham ASK programme.
Enfield: Facilities provided by the youth development support unit – better known as the Enfield youth service – look certain to be shut down due to Enfield Council needing to save £1.7million.
Essex County Council cut youth service spending by 44% between 2011-12 and 2012-13
Hampshire County Council is also reducing funding to children’s services, with a possibility of 80% reductions to the youth service. Following consultations with the local community it has been announced that the youth service will receive £1 million more than was previously planned, allowing the youth service to continue to maintain a service for young people.
Haringey Council is considering plans to slash its children’s services budget by £16.7m over the next three years, with youth services cut by £2.1m
Havering Council reduced youth service budgets by 39%, from the current £786,000 a year to £250,000, with external organisations taking over the running of services.
London is likely to see 90% cuts to youth services. This would see funding drop from £22.6m to £2.3m by 2016/17.
North Yorkshire council is to cease funding for all youth clubs, removing all open access provision across the area. Also being changed is the structure of youth support services, children’s services, and social work services.
Northamptonshire County Council is to outsource all staff and services, including youth services. The first county in the country to consider this option, the Council hopes that by outsourcing all services it can save up to £12 million.
Oxfordshire County Council has announced it intends to make £6m of savings by merging children’s centres and early intervention hubs into a single service. 26 youth centres, kept open by community deals when the county youth service was axed by the county council and replaced with the early intervention hubs, would now be asked to handle more youth work.
Reading Council announced plans to cut £750,000 from its youth service budget, blaming central government funding reductions for the move.
Staffordshire County Council More than 30 youth clubs in Staffordshire could close with the loss of 400 jobs after county councillors approved cuts to youth services.The council is to stop directly providing the services to save £2.8m in the next financial year, rising to £4.5m a year until 2021.
Surrey County Council reduced spending on its service by 43%.
Sutton Council has approved plans to reduce the annual £1.1m youth and adolescent services budget as part of £74m in cuts that have to be made across the authority by 2019. – See more at: The £667,000 saving to the youth service budget represents a cut of 60.4 per cent. The council said it will no longer run a universal open-access youth service at two of its three youth centres, while the third will become offices for youth and adolescent workers.
Trafford Council: Sean Anstee, the Tory leader of Trafford Council, notes a rise in youth crime after shutting five of his six centres.
Walsall Council £73,000 cut in youth services’ funding in the borough’s poorest areas.
Warwickshire County Council slashed youth service spending by 56%.
West Berkshire is consulting members of the local community about proposed cuts to services, which could see the closure of detached youth work services in the area, in addition to a job club for NEET young people.
Westminster Council Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg said £1,339,000 is being cut from Children’s Centres, Play and Youth Services over the three years from 2014/15 to 2017/18. The planned tendering of youth services, expected to start from April 2016, may be scrapped altogether because of local authority funding cuts.
Worcestershire County Council is to reduce youth service spending from £1m a year to £400,000 by 2018/19. The decision by Worcestershire County Council comes following a u-turn on its original proposal of scrapping the entire £1m delivery budget in the 2016/17 financial year.