Cuts Watch #121: Local cuts in Gloustershire
Councils are starting to provide detailed breakdowns of how spending cuts will hit their services and spending. Gloustershire County Council has outlined how this year’s £7.2 million spending cuts will be made.
In a detailed report to be discussed at this week’s Cabinet the council sets out its proposals – demonstrating the significant impacts there will be for services that support the most disadvantaged children and families.
- 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. Some staff redundancies are inevitable.”
- Substance misuse services will be reduced.
- Staff working on teenage pregnancy services will be cut.
- All future spending on the Youth Opportunities Fund will be cancelled.
- The family intervention team will cease to carry out its parenting expert role and the size of the service will be reduced.
- No new work will be done on the ‘January Guarantee’ – Labour’s guarantee that from January 2010 all 16-17 year olds will be provided with a place in education or training.
- The anti-social behaviour coordinator post is being cut.
- Funding reductions will affect the voluntary sector “including drug and alcohol services, District Based Community Safety Partnerships for anti social behaviour, integrated offender management and crime and disorder reduction community engagement activities.