Southampton City Council has announced plans to close all Youth Support and Play Services next year.
The cuts will cost our city more in the short, medium and longer term, both socially and economically, than the cost of the saving they are trying to make! The cuts are a false economy, by stopping crucial preventative interventions now, more expensive services will be top-loaded, at a higher cost to the City. Charities and Voluntary Organisations will NOT pick up the services that will be lost. If the services closes then:
• Anti-Social Behaviour, Youth Crime and Gang-related activity will increase!
• Unemployed young people in the city will find it harder to access employment or training!
• Young people and children in deprived areas will have no safe place to play or socialise!
• Social Exclusion of vulnerable groups will increase!
- Southampton City Council
We are petitioning Southampton City Council to take another look at the 2013-14 Budget Proposal (Section C18) which aims to cease all services offered by Youth Support Services. We ask – for the benefit of the children and young people of Southampton – that Southampton City Council make Youth Support and Play Services a priority for the City and re-evaluate the 2013-14 Budget in order to keep the services open. We want the council to recognise the immediate and the long term Social and Economic benefits to children, young people and their families that are provided by professional Youth Support and Play Workers in ‘Prevention and Inclusion’.
Without the Youth and Play Services:
Social exclusion of vulnerable young people will increase
Young people and children in deprived areas will have no safe place to play or socialise
Unemployed young people in the city will find it harder to access employment or training, and have less opportunity to engage in positive activities
Anti-Social Behaviour, Youth Crime and Gang-related activity will increase
We do not believe that voluntary and charitable organisation will be able to offer the same level of services that is on offer now, and to shut the services now will cost our city more, both socially and economically, than the cost of the saving our are trying to make.
Your own documents show that these services reach 1000s of children young people in the cities most deprived areas. As well as cutting vital support for children and young people who access the services now, the cuts are a false economy. By stopping preventative interventions now, more expensive services will be top-loaded, at a higher cost to the City in the long term.
Reconsider the budget, and make the well-being of all the children and young people in Southampton our priority.
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