From the TUC

Cuts Watch #223: More Connexions Devastation

03 Sep 2010, by in Cuts Watch

Connexions Services in Windsor and Maidenhead, Brighton and Hove and Birmingham are at risk of outright closure, whilst those in Northamptonshire, Sutton, Cheshire and Warrington, and Wigan face cuts of 40 per cent or more. These cuts and more are detailed in a database produced by A Thousand Cuts and UNISON.

Like A Thousand Cuts and UNISON, we have been concerned about the threats to Connexions for some time, and there is a real risk that we could lose a national youth service. One of the more hopeful signs in today’s postings however is that A Thousand Cuts and UNISON have found that some local authorities have realised the value of Connexions and made a positive decision not to cut (or to minimise cuts to) the service, including Stockton-on-Tees, Black Country and Middlesbrough. Of course, we’re only at the start of the cuts story, and these authorities are likely to come under severe financial pressure of the coming months and years, but it is a genuine reason for at least two cheers.

One Response to Cuts Watch #223: More Connexions Devastation

  1. Denise Bertuchi
    Oct 11th 2010, 12:12 pm

    Keep up the good work. UNISON continues to provide advice and briefings to our members working in the Connexions/Careers and Youth Services.
    It is vital that members write to their MP’s, Council Leaders and Councillors about the damaging level of cuts taking place to such a vital service.
    Our careers professionals are vital to ensuring all young people get the good advice they need to make well-informed, thought-through choices and plans that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work, now and in the future. Effective careers advice and support is key to improving social mobility and reducing inequality by helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds to raise their horizons and by giving them the support they need to fulfil their potential.
    In opposition the Government made much of the neglect of young people not in education, employment or training. But in Government they have presented no strategy include them in the labour market. This risks the creation of a lost generation which will carry long term damage to society, the economy and the future of our young people. A lesson learnt during the recession in the 1980s is the high employment carries a huge social cost – poorer health, higher crime and social breakdown.