County council youth jobs set to go

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CUTS set to change the face of the youth service currently provided by West Sussex County Council were given the go ahead at County Hall on Thursday (October 24).

The youth support and development service (YSDS) has already made cuts of £2m following a fundamental review which has been on-going since 2011.

But the far-reaching proposals which were approved stand to make 119 members of staff redundant throughout the county.

They were recommended to the council’s children and young people’s services select committee.

This is the equivalent of 50 full timers and means a massive 30 per cent cut to staff in the youth service.

In a report to the select committee, director of children’s services Stuart Gallimore told councillors the staff cuts would save the council another £1.5m a year and together with proposed savings of £0.15m to the non-staffing budget it would mean a further £1.65m cuts to the service annually.

He said the additional cuts meant the YSDS would predominantly offer services to ‘identified individuals in need or to young people attending specific initiatives’.

The work of the service therefore would be directed to “those young people with high or multiple need and children who are ‘looked after’ under the remit as corporate parent.”

In addition it would continue the statutory duties of the youth offending service.