Cuts Watch #235: More on council cuts to children’s services
We have previously reported on how cuts are impacting on children and young people, particularly as local councils respond to cuts in funding. Further information from other councils is now coming forward.
Children and Young People report that children and young people’s projects across York are facing cuts in their council grants of up to 50% this year. York City Council has been told by the Department for Education that the Youth Community Action Pilot programme (YCAP) grant for local youth services will be axed. Funding from central government to the council for projects to help vulnerable young people through the Early Intervention Fund Grants (EIF) is also being cut. The council has decided to put in place a blanket 25% cut across all 14 grants allocated through this scheme to meet the shortfall.
Councillors in Lancashire are also shortly to decide whether to slash their children’s services budget by £5.2m. Under these proposals, the teenage pregnancy services budget will be cut by £50,000, Connexions by £300,000 and the council hopes that £400,000 can be saved through a review of children’s home staffing. Child and parent support will be cut by £200,000 and young people’s services will also see cuts, with savings of £150,000 through restructuring and cutting jobs.
In addition, Bolton Council has launched a consultation over plans to slash £150,000 from its services for children with disabilities.