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Bromley council £1.4million youth service cuts

PUBLISHED: 17:28 15 September 2010

Cuts will be made to youth services

Cuts will be made to youth services

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A £4.6 MILLION hole in the council budget could mean a slash in front-line services for children and young people of up to 25 per cent, the Times can reveal.

A Financial Monitoring report published this month by Bromley council revealed that the predicted £1.67 million cut in the government’s Area Based grant this year is just the tip of the iceberg.

Also to be chopped is £2.9 million from unbudgeted government grants - the Local Area Agreement Fund, the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme and the Planning Delivery Grant.

This has meant Bromley council have already put into place plans to save £1.42 million from Children and Young People Services in response to the government’s pledge to cut £6 billion in public spending.

A risk management report released ahead of the Audit Sub-Committee meeting due to take place on Thursday revealed that the department could be cut back by 10 to 25 per cent.

The report said that cutbacks created a risk that finances would “result in an adverse impact on the Children and Young People services budget and the provision and quality of front-line services” and described redundancies among the 60 full-time grant funded posts as a “real threat”.

The council is yet to confirm the number of jobs at risk but according to worker representative Glenn Kelly, up to a 100 redundancies could be made in what he claims is “preparing a bonfire of jobs and services”.

A spokesperson for Bromley council said: “We cannot pre-determine the outcome of the consultation process regarding numbers of jobs. No other jobs are at risk in other council departments as a direct result of the grant reduction.”

Full report and reaction in Bromley Times this week.


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