… By Ben Glazebrook, Centre/Service Manager – Young People’s Centre and Development Co-ordinator – B&H Youth Collective
The Council Budget savings for 2017/18 include a proposal to make significant cuts to the Youth Service Budget. This is one of the budgets which funds services for young people in the city. The proposal is for a significant reduction of £800,000 on a net budget that is currently just over £1m, which would lead to the overall budget being just over £200,000.
The reduced budget will need to pay for a service that the Council must provide under the law – the advocacy services to all looked after children in the care of the council. (Described as a statutory service.)
The in-house services that are likely to be cut are targeted youth work including the youth information bus; 1-1 and group work around resilience on issues such as self-esteem, anger management and risk taking ; Duke of Edinburgh for those outside mainstream school and those young people with SEND; and the Youth Arts Award.
The council currently provides funds to a number of organisations which provide youth work under the Youth Services budget. Once Budget Council has made a final decision the current provision will need to be significantly re-designed, and if the proposed cut to the budget is agreed it is unlikely that the council will be able to continue to fund any of the youth work provided by organisations listed below. Some of those services may not be able to continue in their current form or at all unless they can find alternative sources of funding. The cuts will affect the work of community based organisations and there will be a reduction in the delivery offered by the Crew Club, the Deans Youth
Project, Brighton Youth Centre, the Tarner Community Project, the Trust for Developing Communities, the Hangleton and Knoll Project, the YMCA and the Young People’s Centre.
Other services for young people that the council will continue to provide or support include the Extended Adolescent service, the Youth Offending Service (YOS), RU-OK?, the social work Adolescent Pod, the Youth Employability Service (YES), Cherish, Extratime Ltd and Brighton and Hove Music & Arts (BHMA).
Families, Children & Learning Directorate of Brighton & Hove City Council have requested that a consultation takes place with young people across the city for their views on how these proposals may affect them. The results will be shared with the councillors who will be making the decision on the budget.
This is your opportunity to give them your views.
Centre/Service Manager – Young People’s Centre
Development Co-ordinator – B&H Youth Collective