News - Youth Service Cuts in Bournemouth

NEW - Monday, 15th September 2014 // UPDATED - Wednesday, 24th September 2014 // UPDATED - Friday, 5th December 2014

UPDATED - Friday, 5th December 2014

The Youth Centre: Update

A letter will be sent to all the people who attended the pop in session on the 14th November 2014 and will keep them informed of the progress of the future of the Shack. Youth Service officers will now be looking for a trust/charity who may like to take on the management and activities in the Shack. The present management committee members will still be involved but perhaps in a different way.

Councillor Anne Rey,
Throop and Muscliff - Leader of the Independents

UPDATED - Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Information from Councillor Anne Rey

On the 14th November 2014, between 6pm and 8pm, there will be a 2 hour drop in session at the Shack in Shillingstone Drive, where local residents can have their say on the future and use of the Muscliff Youth Centre building.

Please call Councillor Anne Rey on 01202 538068 or E-mail: anne.rey@bournemouth.gov.uk for more information.

NEW - Monday, 15th September 2014

Email from Councillor Anne Rey to letters@bournemouthecho.co.uk
15th September 2014
Youth Service Cuts

Dear Sirs

Due to the cabinet system at Bournemouth Council the decision regarding the Youth Service budget cuts of £500,000 was made under delegated powers so I could not make my move to oppose these cuts at Full Council 16th September 2014! Under the old committee system of 10 years ago there could have been a recommendation sent to Council so that ALL members took part in the discussion. This cabinet system allows a small group of members to make very important and far reaching decisions about the future of our town and indeed people's lives. Eric Pickles has said Local Authorities can go back to the committee system which is far more democratic and all members are involved. I cannot see this happening in Bournemouth!

To cut £500,000 from the Youth Service budget is disgraceful we should be putting money into the service as this is all about prevention work. 14 youth workers out of 35 will be made redundant these are staff who go the extra mile and came into the work to help make a difference to people's lives. Having attended several groups of young people who told us what they thought of the youth centres and staff the very powerful messages were that without them they may have gone to prison, been on drugs/alcohol, never got a job the list goes on. To stop one young person going to prison surely this is a saving of £500,000? The impact of these cuts will affect communities, will lead to an increase in crime, higher youth employment and the criminal justice system, to name a few.

This council says that young people are one of its priorities I don't think so to suggest that communities/voluntary sector can run Youth centres in the future is a total slap in the face to our trained, dedicated and committed youth workers shame on Bournemouth Council.

Councillor Anne Rey
Councillor Throop and Muscliff, Leader of the Independents