County Hall will 'keep all youth services'

Southend Standard: Ray Gooding, county councillor for education. Ray Gooding, county councillor for education.

YOUTH services in Essex will keep all its elements and see part of its budget saved.

County Hall has announced this evening no part of the Youth Service will be axed.

Essex County Council had been looking to slash the department’s budget from £5 million to £2 million a year, just 18 months after it axed funding from £12 million. But the service will now have £3.4 million spent on it in 2014/15, £2.5 million by 2015/16 and £2.4 million by 2016/17.

A consultation into how the service should be run in the future saw more than 5,000 responses, and a protest by young people outside County Hall in Chelmsford.

Ray Gooding, county councillor for education, said: "Throughout this consultation it has become increasingly clear how important the Essex Youth Service is to our young people therefore I am absolutely delighted we have been able to respond positively to their wishes and retain all elements of the Essex Youth Service.

"We do need to work within a reduced budget and therefore aspects of the service will need to be delivered differently but based on our experience initiatives such as involving the community has seen local youth provision increase and flourish."

As part of the proposed changes some services will be run externally, including by voluntary groups, rather than by the council in a bid to reduce costs.

  • Full proposals on the future model of Essex Youth Services will be presented to the county council cabinet for review next Tuesday February 25.

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10:12pm Mon 17 Feb 14

pablouk says...

Isnt about time this newspaper started investigating ECC to find out where all our tax money really goes and why ECC are determined to cover south essex in houses or why ECC Is determined to ignore the voice of south essex.
Isnt about time this newspaper started investigating ECC to find out where all our tax money really goes and why ECC are determined to cover south essex in houses or why ECC Is determined to ignore the voice of south essex. pablouk
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11:55am Tue 18 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

We need more houses!

The voice of the SE is reflected by whom we elect . Just because the council may not reflect one person's view it is not 'ignoring the voice of south essex'.
We need more houses! The voice of the SE is reflected by whom we elect . Just because the council may not reflect one person's view it is not 'ignoring the voice of south essex'. Jack222
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1:32pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Scoot says...

So ECC says it is going to keep all its youth services but the budget is going to be reduced substantially as opposed to just slashed immediately. This surely must mean there has been some 'dodgy' things going on before or (more than likely) 1 in 10 youth clubs will be kept etc i.e all services will be kept but the actual number of each service will be radically reduced. I doubt very much the actual 'fat cats' - county council employees at county hall - will have their salaries cut to contribute to this lowering of the budget (e.g Dave Hill head of Childrens services - £175,000/year)
So ECC says it is going to keep all its youth services but the budget is going to be reduced substantially as opposed to just slashed immediately. This surely must mean there has been some 'dodgy' things going on before or (more than likely) 1 in 10 youth clubs will be kept etc i.e all services will be kept but the actual number of each service will be radically reduced. I doubt very much the actual 'fat cats' - county council employees at county hall - will have their salaries cut to contribute to this lowering of the budget (e.g Dave Hill head of Childrens services - £175,000/year) Scoot
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