Council wants residents to have their say in cutbacks

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RESIDENTS are being asked to give their views on how Hampshire County Council can cut youth services by £800,000.

The council is cutting the money from the budget it uses to provide services to people aged between 11 and 19.

Keith Mans, executive lead member for children’s services, agreed to out the decision out to consultation, which began on Wednesday.

Cllr Mans said: ‘Government funding reductions mean the council must look at all areas of its business and develop more cost-effective ways to deliver services with limited resources.

‘In order for us to continue to provide valuable support to young people, outside of our statutory obligations, we must find ways to do this differently and more efficiently – targeting the reduced funding we have available, to where it is most needed.

‘I urge as many people as possible to take part in this consultation, and help us to shape future provision, so that we can continue to deliver a high-quality service.’

The proposal would redesign youth support services, and change the way these are funded – shifting from grant funding being awarded to voluntary sector partners to a contract arrangement for which tenders would be sought.

It is proposed that services would be run through drop-in centres and outreach workers.

To take part go to hants.gov.uk/yssconsultation or call 01962 845430.

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