Cuts To Local Services

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15 Jun 2010
The details of cuts to be made to local services for children and young people in the Rother Valley by the Coalition Government have been revealed this week.

In response to a letter from Shadow Education Secretary Ed Balls, the Government admitted that £311m will be cut this year from education and children’s services provided locally but funded by the Government. Just over £2 million of the cuts will be imposed on Rotherham, a large part of the budget for these services for the rest of the year.

Cuts will be made in services for school transport, youth activities and local youth clubs, programmes to cut teenage pregnancy and from funding to help improve standards in under-performing schools. It is very disappointing that these cuts will fall on support for schools, vulnerable young people and children.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has also announced cuts to local services. The cuts hit a range of programmes including the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, which helps tackle worklessness in areas of high unemployment, and Supporting People, which gives vulnerable people the opportunity to live more independently.

These cuts are not fair as they are being targeted at communities facing the greatest challenges and needs, namely former industrial towns and ex-coalfield areas. Everyone understands the need to reduce the deficit but it has to be done fairly, openly, without damaging frontline services and without risking economic recovery.