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Youth service could face major changes in review

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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YOUTH services in Staffordshire will be reviewed after it emerged 80 per cent of youngsters did not use the £8.7 million service last year.

Staffordshire County Council has proposed overhauling the service, which is currently open to all, to target youngsters who are most in need.

The public have been asked to have their say on the proposals which include community and voluntary organisations in the county working alongside the county council.

Mark Sutton, the county council’s health and community boss, the proposals would provide better value for money for the county’s residents.

He said: “We want to give every young person in Staffordshire the opportunity to realise their potential, do well at school and find a good job.

“In a rapidly changing world we also need to adapt and change the way we operate so that we provide the support and activities that young people want and need today and into the future.

“This proposal would see support directed at those young people who need it most.

“We will also work with all our partners to ensure there is a real choice of activities, as well as information and advice for all young people.

“We believe this approach will help young people help themselves to make the right choices in life, while delivering better value for money for local people.”

The consultation will run until Wednesday, February 26, with the documents available to view on the county council’s website.

Mr Sutton said: “Over the next seven weeks we want to hear from people and we will be listening to what they tell us, before making a final decision on the proposal at cabinet in March.”

To view the proposals, go to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/consultation

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