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Cuts by Southend Council hit the young hardest

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Cuts by Southend Council hit the young hardest

Southend Borough Council is proposing to axe around 175 jobs. The full extent and impact of the cuts will only become clear over a the next few weeks, but this is clearly terrible news, the council cannot possibly maintain levels of service whilst losing nearly a tenth of its workforce. As is all-too-often the case, it’s young people who bear the brunt of this vicious assault on public services.

Sixteen youth worker posts are to go, and about £1mn has been cut from the town’s Sure Start centres. Schools are faced with a real-terms cut despite coalition promises to the contrary. The government has already hit young people with 9K tuition fees, with the loss of EMA, the axing of the future jobs fund, now Southend Council is cutting their support and guidence.

There are no full closures of childrens’ centres or libraries, but given that we know more cuts are on the way next year, nothing is safe for the long term.

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