£1m 'hidden' cuts to York’s children’s centres and youth services, councillors claim

York Press: £1m 'hidden' cuts to York’s children’s centres and youth services, councillors claim £1m 'hidden' cuts to York’s children’s centres and youth services, councillors claim

ALMOST £1 million of cuts to York’s children’s centres and youth services have been hidden in council plans for a “transformation programme”, councillors have claimed.

Proposed changes to the way City of York Council operates have earmarked £5.48 million of savings in 2015/16 through its Rewiring Public Services scheme. The Labour-run authority says the programme will increase efficiency, flexibility and residents’ involvement in public services.

But the Liberal Democrat group said the council was attempting to mask a £980,000 reduction in spending on children’s and youth services, on top of about £600,000 of already specified cuts to these areas over the next two years contained in budget papers.

The party raised fears over lack of detail on how the additional “transformation” savings will be made. But Labour said it was looking to deliver services in a different way while reducing costs.

Budget documents obtained by the Lib Dems before being officially announced included reductions in 2015/16 for children’s centres and youth services. Labour said at the time that these were simply options.

Coun Carol Runciman, the Lib Dem spokeswoman for education, children and young people’s services, said: “We believe children’s centres and youth services must remain a key priority for the council.

"Children and young people must not bear the brunt of cuts and neither should services which can genuinely transform lives. Labour must recognise early intervention and investment will prevent more expensive help being needed in the long term.”

The transformation programme report said youth support services may be moved away from “bricks and mortar provision”.

Lib Dem leader Coun Keith Aspden said this suggested children’s centres and youth clubs were facing closure or cutbacks.

He said: “I am also concerned about the way Labour tried to contest the cuts were happening, then tried to bury the specifics by not detailing them in their main budget, as is normal when money is being removed from a service.”

Coun Janet Looker, cabinet member for education, children and young people, said councils faced tough choices, but a “looser and more external model of youth service provision” would ultimately help more young people. She said quality services could still be provided even if they were not based in a children’s centre.

She said: “Ultimately, savings have to be found, and what we are trying to do is make those savings through changing how our buildings are used while minimising the impact on services themselves – it will be interesting to see how Liberal Democrats think savings can be made without fundamentally remodelling services in this way.”

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10:04am Tue 18 Feb 14

nowthen says...

How about ditching Cllr Merrett's reinvigorate York vanity projects for a start ; that'll save a £1000,000 over the period specified in revenue funded interest payments alone.
How about ditching Cllr Merrett's reinvigorate York vanity projects for a start ; that'll save a £1000,000 over the period specified in revenue funded interest payments alone. nowthen

12:01pm Tue 18 Feb 14

acomblass says...

Whatever hap;p;ened to the much vaunted youth cafe which Labour used t o bang on about in Opposition?
Whatever hap;p;ened to the much vaunted youth cafe which Labour used t o bang on about in Opposition? acomblass

1:06pm Tue 18 Feb 14

nearlyman says...

acomblass wrote:
Whatever hap;p;ened to the much vaunted youth cafe which Labour used t o bang on about in Opposition?
......Reality ?...................
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[quote][p][bold]acomblass[/bold] wrote: Whatever hap;p;ened to the much vaunted youth cafe which Labour used t o bang on about in Opposition?[/p][/quote]......Reality ?................... .. nearlyman

5:11pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Owain ap Llwyd says...

nowthen wrote:
How about ditching Cllr Merrett's reinvigorate York vanity projects for a start ; that'll save a £1000,000 over the period specified in revenue funded interest payments alone.
Exactly.
Ditch Merrett's vanity projects.
Better still, have a referendum focussed on Merrett.
This man is dangerous for York.
Your young people are our future, and funds must be poured into projects involving youngsters in York.
As for Merrett's futile "reinvigorate York": what a waste of OUR money on vanity projects.
Miliions of tourists visited York last year, before his foolish "Lendal Bridge trial", I wonder how many tourists will come to York now?
But I digress. Tourists visited last year in York, warts and all! There is no need of vanity projects to attract tourists and visitors.
[quote][p][bold]nowthen[/bold] wrote: How about ditching Cllr Merrett's reinvigorate York vanity projects for a start ; that'll save a £1000,000 over the period specified in revenue funded interest payments alone.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Ditch Merrett's vanity projects. Better still, have a referendum focussed on Merrett. This man is dangerous for York. Your young people are our future, and funds must be poured into projects involving youngsters in York. As for Merrett's futile "reinvigorate York": what a waste of OUR money on vanity projects. Miliions of tourists visited York last year, before his foolish "Lendal Bridge trial", I wonder how many tourists will come to York now? But I digress. Tourists visited last year in York, warts and all! There is no need of vanity projects to attract tourists and visitors. Owain ap Llwyd

5:26pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Diogenes2 says...

I must agree that the LibDems on this occasion.
The youth are our future, and cutting funding from the youth budget is quite foolish.
York council are a disgrace, yet again.
I must agree that the LibDems on this occasion. The youth are our future, and cutting funding from the youth budget is quite foolish. York council are a disgrace, yet again. Diogenes2

6:51pm Tue 18 Feb 14

pault42 says...

CYC are doing their best to run York Services into the ground, I'm a parent who has and is seeing the effects of all the cuts (hidden and open) on my child and others around. The 'leaders' (read egocentric) of this council won't change their views, what they class as important, or their inept management of the city. Not one of the 'representatives' I've heard over the years (on Radio York) actually sound like they give a monkeys about what people are saying to them. They ride roughshod over public opinion and common sense. Diverting money from Children and Young People is only going to store problems for the future, these youngsters need support, otherwise they lose out, possibly for the rest of their lives.

Please, please stop it, stop hurting peoples' lives, stop putting vanity projects first. People make a community, a community makes a city, you are destroying York.
CYC are doing their best to run York Services into the ground, I'm a parent who has and is seeing the effects of all the cuts (hidden and open) on my child and others around. The 'leaders' (read egocentric) of this council won't change their views, what they class as important, or their inept management of the city. Not one of the 'representatives' I've heard over the years (on Radio York) actually sound like they give a monkeys about what people are saying to them. They ride roughshod over public opinion and common sense. Diverting money from Children and Young People is only going to store problems for the future, these youngsters need support, otherwise they lose out, possibly for the rest of their lives. Please, please stop it, stop hurting peoples' lives, stop putting vanity projects first. People make a community, a community makes a city, you are destroying York. pault42

9:49pm Tue 18 Feb 14

nowthen says...

I feel quite sorry for the vote rigger , he/she must lead a very sad life . I can't imagine what it's like to be so socially inadequate that you have to deface the truth to give some point to your existence. I suppose it's a bit like those shell suited individuals who have to daub their initials all over bus shelters and walls. There is help out there you know ; please seek it , we'll understand.
I feel quite sorry for the vote rigger , he/she must lead a very sad life . I can't imagine what it's like to be so socially inadequate that you have to deface the truth to give some point to your existence. I suppose it's a bit like those shell suited individuals who have to daub their initials all over bus shelters and walls. There is help out there you know ; please seek it , we'll understand. nowthen

9:59pm Tue 18 Feb 14

pault42 says...

nowthen wrote:
I feel quite sorry for the vote rigger , he/she must lead a very sad life . I can't imagine what it's like to be so socially inadequate that you have to deface the truth to give some point to your existence. I suppose it's a bit like those shell suited individuals who have to daub their initials all over bus shelters and walls. There is help out there you know ; please seek it , we'll understand.
I feel the same about the low life who does that to the votes. Only problem is as a result of cutbacks by CYC the help they need has been cut in favour of an arts barge........
[quote][p][bold]nowthen[/bold] wrote: I feel quite sorry for the vote rigger , he/she must lead a very sad life . I can't imagine what it's like to be so socially inadequate that you have to deface the truth to give some point to your existence. I suppose it's a bit like those shell suited individuals who have to daub their initials all over bus shelters and walls. There is help out there you know ; please seek it , we'll understand.[/p][/quote]I feel the same about the low life who does that to the votes. Only problem is as a result of cutbacks by CYC the help they need has been cut in favour of an arts barge........ pault42

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