Cuts Watch #223: More Connexions Devastation
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.