County Hall agrees youth service cuts

County Hall agrees youth service cuts

County Hall agrees youth service cuts

First published in Echo News Southend Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

CUTS to Essex County Council’s youth service have been approved.

The council’s cabinet gave the green light to stop running services and to train more volunteers instead.

The service’s budget will be slashed from £5million to £2.4million by 2017. It stood at £12million two years ago.

A report approved by cabinet said services run by the council will only be kept where a profit can be made.

The decision has already been challenged by the council’s Labour group, which means it will be discussed by a scrutiny committee before it can be rubberstamped.

It is not known how many staff face the axe, but the authority has set aside £300,000 for redundancy payments.

County Hall has said it will spend £1million next year improving youth service buildings.

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11:48am Thu 27 Feb 14

onorris24 says...

a £10 million cut in two years... how is that acceptable?!!! ANSWER US!
a £10 million cut in two years... how is that acceptable?!!! ANSWER US! onorris24
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1:41pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Scoot says...

Notice we've got a picture of a building today and not the Councils spindoctors puppet Ray Gooding. Didn't he spout on last week about how services were going to be kept ? I also didn't know that things had to run on a profit now. Does that mean all parks and open spaces will be left to grow now so that the council can then make hay and sell it on ?? If the Council wants to save money it should get rid of all the muppets they employ in County Hall but the problem is the public servants we voted in don't appear to have any control over the employees. Its like a tail wagging the dog. ECC is almost as big a shambles as the Dave the Rave and Georgie Porgie show we see daily at Westminster.
Notice we've got a picture of a building today and not the Councils spindoctors puppet Ray Gooding. Didn't he spout on last week about how services were going to be kept ? I also didn't know that things had to run on a profit now. Does that mean all parks and open spaces will be left to grow now so that the council can then make hay and sell it on ?? If the Council wants to save money it should get rid of all the muppets they employ in County Hall but the problem is the public servants we voted in don't appear to have any control over the employees. Its like a tail wagging the dog. ECC is almost as big a shambles as the Dave the Rave and Georgie Porgie show we see daily at Westminster. Scoot
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2:34pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Ian P says...

Scoot wrote:
Notice we've got a picture of a building today and not the Councils spindoctors puppet Ray Gooding. Didn't he spout on last week about how services were going to be kept ? I also didn't know that things had to run on a profit now. Does that mean all parks and open spaces will be left to grow now so that the council can then make hay and sell it on ?? If the Council wants to save money it should get rid of all the muppets they employ in County Hall but the problem is the public servants we voted in don't appear to have any control over the employees. Its like a tail wagging the dog. ECC is almost as big a shambles as the Dave the Rave and Georgie Porgie show we see daily at Westminster.
The ECC does not need parks and open spaces to make hay with taxpayer's money, they do that well enough without leaving County Hall.
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: Notice we've got a picture of a building today and not the Councils spindoctors puppet Ray Gooding. Didn't he spout on last week about how services were going to be kept ? I also didn't know that things had to run on a profit now. Does that mean all parks and open spaces will be left to grow now so that the council can then make hay and sell it on ?? If the Council wants to save money it should get rid of all the muppets they employ in County Hall but the problem is the public servants we voted in don't appear to have any control over the employees. Its like a tail wagging the dog. ECC is almost as big a shambles as the Dave the Rave and Georgie Porgie show we see daily at Westminster.[/p][/quote]The ECC does not need parks and open spaces to make hay with taxpayer's money, they do that well enough without leaving County Hall. Ian P
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1:57am Fri 28 Feb 14

Devils Advocate says...

More and more people are realising that the lies the Tories told, with the connivence of their newspapers, just do not hold water. When they start giving us the "We have nearly got the job done, don't spoil it just as we are getting it right." I just hope people think for themselves. We are still one of the richest countries in the world, nothing has really changed except that this government is restoring life back to how it was in 1912. Even the "referendum" they are once again promising. Will it be the same as the one they cancelled because they felt we might not favour joining the common market?
More and more people are realising that the lies the Tories told, with the connivence of their newspapers, just do not hold water. When they start giving us the "We have nearly got the job done, don't spoil it just as we are getting it right." I just hope people think for themselves. We are still one of the richest countries in the world, nothing has really changed except that this government is restoring life back to how it was in 1912. Even the "referendum" they are once again promising. Will it be the same as the one they cancelled because they felt we might not favour joining the common market? Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

7:06pm Sat 1 Mar 14

gayle7654 says...

Mr. Gooding is the same councillor that tried to close Deanes School and FAILED!!! People just have to be made aware of how wrong these decisions are before its too late. And when the children who's lives he is so intent on disrupting become the adults of tomorrow...Good Luck!
Mr. Gooding is the same councillor that tried to close Deanes School and FAILED!!! People just have to be made aware of how wrong these decisions are before its too late. And when the children who's lives he is so intent on disrupting become the adults of tomorrow...Good Luck! gayle7654
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