Cuts Watch #153: Connexions faces ‘decimation’
Across the country, Connexions services are preparing for cuts of 20 per cent, with one in five expecting at least 60 redundancies. Children and Young People Now’s survey of the 65 Connexions services found that a majority were expecting to make cuts of at least 20 per cent, one in ten cuts of 40 to 50 per cent. Three quarters said they would be making redundancies, with figures of up to 200 job losses quoted.
Last month Nicola reported on the likely impact on Connexions of the Department for Education’s plans for cuts, £311 million of which is to be achieved by a 27 per cent cut in the non-ring-fenced funding for councils’ services for young people.
Children and Young People Now also reports that Windsor and Maidenhead Council – one of the government’s favourite ‘Big Society’ councils – is preparing for a £375,000 cut in Connexions funding.
A ‘Save Connexions Now’ Facebook group has been set up, which reports on the impact of the cuts in Blackpool and Norfolk. UNISON has a ‘Save our Connexions Service and Save Our Future’ page, linking to campaign materials.
(In mathematical terms, 20 per cent cuts are actually twice as bad as decimation, which originally meant killing one in ten.)