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Cuts Watch #274: Regional reports on cuts and young people

07 Oct 2010, by in Cuts Watch

Ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, Children and Young People Now have published a series of in-depth regional reports on cuts impacting on young people. A summary of the key cuts impacting on children’s services is provided below:  

Bath and the North East

The council was hit with in-year spending reductions of more than £1m from its area-based grant in June.

Cuts already in place

  • 798,000 of the cut of 1million in the area based grant fell on the children’s services department.
  • This included a £138,000 reduction to Connexions services as well as £50,000 being taken from 16 to 19 commissioning funds.

Cuts to come

  • Bath and North East Somerset’s children’s services department is preparing for a four per cent reduction in next year’s budget – a cut of £984,000. Cuts will be similar in 2012/13 and 2013/14.
  • To handle these cuts, youth services are going to see a reduction of 40 per cent.


Despite having some very affluent areas, statistics complied by Norfolk’s Children Trust place the authority as the fifth most deprived county in England, with 19 per cent of children aged under 15 living in deprived households.

Cuts already in place

  • The area-based grant in Norfolk has been cut by £10m.
  • One victim has been the Connexions service, which has lost 65 staff.
  • Grants worth £316,500 awarded via the Norfolk Youth Fund and £434,000 for school holiday activities for young people have been withdrawn.

Cuts to come

Council chiefs are budgeting for overall cuts of £155m over the next three years.

  • Proposals have been made for a £5m cut to already approved capital projects for children’s centres and early years buildings.
  • Plans for new classrooms in local schools are now in doubt.


As one of the most deprived areas in England, Liverpool faces a number of deep social problems. Levels of child poverty, dilapidated schools and teenage pregnancy are all well above the national average.

Cuts already in place

More than a third of Liverpool council’s £1,615m budget is spent on children’s services.

  • Liverpool’s area-based grant for 2010/11 has been reduced by 8.5 per cent, totalling more than £9m.
  • Cuts to the Building Schools for the Future programme is likely to impact upon 26 schools that were set for refurbishment.

Cuts to come

Stuart Smith, Liverpool City Council’s director of children’s services, believes the council could be hit by cuts of:

  • £5m per year over the next four years at best, £25m a year at worst.
  • Between 150 and 200 jobs could be lost in children’s services alone.

In a previous blog, outlining our analysis of the Area Based Grant cuts in Liverpool, we found that children and young people have been hit disproportionally hard. Our analysis has found that around £3.5 million of cuts in Liverpool have been made in area based grants which affect children and young people directly; well over a third of the budget.

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