Hampshire County Council to make £4m in cuts to Children’s services

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CHILDREN’S services in Hampshire are set to lose millions of pounds in council cuts.

On Friday, Hampshire County Council will decide on £4m of cuts. The plans are expected to include reductions to careers advice, information and guidance. But the council has promised services for the county’s most vulnerable young people will not be affected.

The council’s head of children’s services Cllr Roy Perry said: ‘The funds we receive are reducing so we must redesign our services.

‘The children’s services department has to review services it provides for young people to ensure they focus on the most vulnerable.’

Government cuts mean the authority must slash £55m from its annual budget this year. Its children services team must save £18m.

Cllr Perry said: ‘The proposals build on developments which have seen youth work move towards targeting the most vulnerable.

‘There was an understanding of the need to make efficiency savings but responses to our consultation indicated services were valued. People would prefer there to be no change and no savings but unfortunately that is not possible.’