Cuts mean 30 youth clubs across Suffolk could close


Suffolk County Council has announced plans to save £850,000 by stopping the funding it gives to 30 youth clubs over the next 18 months.

The council wants to set up a fund to make one-off grants of around £2,000 to any volunteers willing to run them.

It said only 0.9% of the 53,000 teenagers in Suffolk use the clubs and it wants to spend the little resources it has on more vulnerable young people.

The council is consulting with around 250 staff - many of them part time.

Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for children and young people, councillor Graham Newman, said he hoped some of the workers who make up around 70 full time equivalent posts would be recruited help vulnerable young people.

Mr Newman said: "We're not just completely walking out of this.

"What we want to do is to take a significant proportion of the current workforce and add those to our Targeted Youth Support Service.

"This is where we are specifically helping children and young people with such things as bullying, things like sexual health and other health issues drug and alcohol abuse and indeed anti-social behaviour."

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