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!