Consultation begins on youth services

News / Fri 11th Oct 2013 pm31 04:19pm

ESSEX County Council will begin a six week formal public consultation into the future of the youth service which will inform its future design and priorities.

As a result of further significant cuts to local authority funding it is essential to review and consider the future design of the youth service. The service has been tasked with making savings that could amount to £3m by 2015/16.

The vision of the youth service is to move from direct delivery to facilitate and support service delivery through commissioning, using community involvement. The consultation will ask what youth services should be prioritised, what services are important to young people, their families and staff, and how the authority should deliver youth services in the future.

While the youth service will need to operate within a reduced budget no decision has been made at this stage as to what the service redesign could look like, therefore feedback on the consultation is incredibly important.

Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “I am completely aware of the great work the youth service does across Essex and it is incredibly difficult to have to look at making savings cuts to youth provision. However, I must stress that this is a period of consultation. I encourage young people, families, staff and communities to get involved, think about what youth services are important and suggest how we could still deliver services, but maybe provide them differently.”

The consultation, plus all accompanying literature and documentation will be available in full from Thursday 10 October on www.essexinsight.org.uk/consultations .

To submit further comments complete the questionnaire or email [email protected]

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