Jobs axed as part of youth service cutback

Coun Tim Cheetham.
Coun Tim Cheetham.
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Three youth club buildings are to be closed and 32 jobs lost as part of cutbacks being brought in by Barnsley Council.

Centres set for closure are Darfield C17, Wombwell Highfields and Worsbrough, with the buildings to be sold off.

The Youth Service is also to lose 12 full-time posts and 20 part-time ones, as part of a programme looking to make savings of £1.7 million during the current financial year.

Remaining staff and resources will be concentrated in ‘youth hubs’ in each of the six council areas.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesman for children, young people and families, said by 2014 the service would be operating on half the funding it had enjoyed five years previously.

“We simply don’t have the money to provide the existing full range of services across the borough any more,” he said.

“We need to be better able to target those young people who need our help most in the areas of greatest need, with the flexibility to respond to changing situations and priorities, while still maintaining some overarching services that everyone can access.”

The authority would continue to maintain statutory services, while it was hoped that the voluntary and private sector would get more involved.