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Protests over proposed youth service cuts in Essex
1:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
PROTESTORS gathered on the steps outside County Hall to voice their concerns with plans to change youth services.
At 12noon on Thursday people joined forces at the home of Essex County Council with placards and signs to show their disgust at the proposals.
A consultation has been launched by council bosses as they look to reduce their budget in youth services by £3million by the 2014/15 financial year.
Members of Unite joined in the protests.
Union officials said two options are open to councillors, one being seeing all 178 youth workers at the county council replaced by volunteers and the other being to sack all but six of them.
Regional officer Carolyn Simpson calling the plans lined up “blinkered and draconian”.
Ms Simpson said: “The council is storing up social problems for the future, which will cost more to fix in the long-term, by adopting this knee-jerk and short-sighted stance.
“We want the people of Essex to put pressure on their county councillors to save this service which has demonstrated proven and positive results over the years for the county’s young people.”
Ray Gooding, councillor responsible for Education and Lifelong Learning, said the purpose of the consultation was to get the chance to hear from young people about offering them services.
Mr Gooding said: “No decisions have yet been made about the future of Essex youth services and the suggestions that Unite is making are simply not true.
“However, it is undeniable that, given the £215million savings that the County Council is faced with making we cannot rule out any measures that are needed to achieve this.”
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