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Council says it has to be “realistic” as it cancels two youth service grants

PUBLISHED: 17:25 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:25 27 January 2016

Exterior Bexley Council offices.

Exterior Bexley Council offices.

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They are now looking to work with young people to develop services

Two grants support services for young people in Bexley are set to be cancelled following a meeting of the Cabinet last night (Tuesday).

The grant for the Greater South East London Scouts Council, and the Danson Youth Service will both end, as the council continues to make up savings of £56million.

Following the decision the council announced it would be working with local young people to improve services.

Phillip Read, cabinet member for children’s services said: “Like councils up and down the country we have to be realistic in how and on what we spend council taxpayers money. We don’t have a limitless budget for any service so we look at what we have and see if we can use it more effectively.

“That is why we commissioned an independent report into our youth services and that brought into sharp focus a number of issues including the fact that the early help service could and should be stronger, more targeted and achieve better outcomes. That will have benefits for Bexley residents by targeting more effectively such things as anti-social behaviour and crime.

“As a result of our decision last night we now have a blank canvas on which to develop the future services we deliver to help those young people most in need of support and I am delighted that our young people will be able to help us shape that.

“The money Bexley receives in grants from central government has been cut significantly and 55% of our remaining income is spent on Children and Adult Services so we owe it to our residents to make sure we make the best decisions possible with their money. If that reduction in income means a change to services then we sometimes have to make those choices.”

Moving forward the council is believed to have a focus on supporting vulnerable young people.

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