Thursday 9 December 2010

whatsin The Coventry Times - Youth Service Cuts 8 Dec 2010

whatsinKenilworth will report local stories from other sources as they appear in the press. This week has seen the announcement there are possible Youth Centre Cuts.

Extract reads: CAMPAIGNERS outraged at plans to pull the plug on cash for Warwick- shire’s Youth Services have launched a hard-hitting petition, branding the cuts “preposterous.”

Signatures are being collected calling for the immediate withdrawal of the proposal to axe funding for the county’s entire Youth Service — which would see 359 job losses.
No inch of the provision will remain unaffected — with libraries, day centres for the disabled, youth centres, and arts and music services all facing the chop.

One angry petitioner said: “Stop all cuts, make the people who caused this crisis pay
— the rich, and the people who gambled our money. Young people and communities deserve better than cuts.”

Echoing the thoughts of hundreds, another said: “The universal service of youth work is vital to young people, and usually the most vulnerable. - “Good youth work is at the heart of the community, improves lives and life chances, reduces crime, and makes our whole society stronger.”

by Lucy Thomson 

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