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Youth services consultation

Published on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CHANGES are being proposed to the way youth services are delivered in Leicester.

The city council is having to find ways to make savings of up to £55million across all of its services – on top of the £100million it has already found.

As part of this, the council is proposing to reduce the amount of funding it provides for services such as youth clubs, providing one-to-one support for young people, and street-based youth work.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor for young people, said: “We’ve worked hard to identify where savings could best be made across our services, because we want to minimise the impact on the people who use them.

“But the reality is, with £55million to be saved across the council, we have to look at the way we deliver youth services.

“What we want now is for young people to tell us about the services they use and value, and help us to shape proposals for the future, including who delivers their services.”

Three options are being put forward for youth services in the future.

Option 1 would see a reduction in the number of open-access youth club sessions on offer for young people. The clubs would be run by voluntary organisations, which would be commissioned by Leicester City Council.

In addition, the number of support sessions for young carers, children in care and young people with special educational needs and disabilities would reduce.

Fewer young people would receive specialist one-to-one support, and the number of street-based youth sessions would reduce.

Changes would also be made to the way in which the Youth Council and other youth participation groups are run.

Option 2 would also see reductions in these areas, but open-access youth clubs would continue to be run by Leicester City Council.

Under option 3, open-access youth clubs would not be run or funded by the city council.

The service currently costs about £1.6m to run each year. It is estimated the proposed options could save between £925,000 and £1.08million a year.

People can have their say in a 12-week consultation, which is now open and runs until Wednesday 12th April.

For full details and to take part, visit consultations.leicester.gov.uk

Paper copies will also be available from the start of February, from libraries, our Granby Street customer service centre and youth centres.

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