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Youth services could see cuts as Bexley Council prepare for meeting to discuss changes

PUBLISHED: 11:15 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:15 19 January 2016

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A number of staff reductions could take place

Bexley Council’s cabinet will discuss potential changes to local Youth Services next week on January 26, which could see a “number of staff reductions”.

The council is currently attempting to save money as it attempts to balance the budget after reductions in government funding.

While the changes currently proposed do not include changes to youth centre buildings, a number of staff reductions equivalent to seven full time posts could be carried out.

Phillip Read, cabinet member for children’s services said: “These proposed changes will mean a greater focus on targeting help and support to those young people most in need.

“In difficult times we have to make sure that we use our budget responsibly and that we direct any support we provide to those who need it most.

“This has a benefit for the whole community by reducing need, anti-social behaviour and criminality.

“The proposals do not mean that youth activities will stop, on the contrary, they open up new opportunities by giving external groups and businesses the chance to run clubs and activities providing an even wider range of activities for our young people to choose from.”

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