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Southwark Council is planning on destroying the current youth service inside the borough. A "proposal" of a 73% cut has been put forward that will totally jeopardise the future of the Youth and Play services, so much so that there will be none and what ever is left will be bundled together with the council's Leisure and Voluntary service. The Council has not discussed these cuts with the Southwark Youth Council, whom were elected by 6,000 young people and have really tried their hardest to silence the voices of young people by refusing our deputation at a full council assembly with lies. The council promised that no cuts will be made to frontline services but that promised has not been fulfilled.

  • The annual budget of the Youth service is £3.3 million and if the proposal goes ahead as it is the service will be left with under £1 million which is a 73% cut how can the youth service run as effectively as it does now with 3/4 of the budget gone?
  • They plan to remove all full time workers and replace them with part time workers and this loss of staff will inevitably force some youth centres to close. A detrimental result of this will be a high rise in youth related issues such as youth crime, teenage pregnancies, gang violence etc
  • Youth workers will be de professionalised because of the council's thoughtless decision. It is very obvious that they don't realise the importance of youth workers, they are a special kind of people, they are not teachers nor parents but they are people who play a vital role in the socialisation of the youth which is ever so important for us to progress into adulthood.
  • The opportunities that the Youth service provides includes making sure that young people receive qualifications, and the heavy emphasis on making sure there is an educational value to what young people do will very much be lost in the movement of the service.

These are things that will affect the whole community not just youth. With limited access to safe places to spend their time we will find many many more youth on the streets and with no one to monitor situations who knows what may escalate? Are the council waiting to see blood shed on the streets before realising that they are making a HUGE mistake? It is very unclear if the council has even checked if the voluntary sector is prepared for this and really the proposal they have put forward makes it very clear that they do not care nor value the youth of this borough as they are basically planning to eradicate it.

We have been trying to fight these cuts, the final decision is made on the 29th of January. Time is limited but please help us give it our all. Please help stop the destruction of one of the most important services the council provides, sign the petition.

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