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Salford council - big reduction to funding to skills and work service M27

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A further reduction of £850k - in addition to the £1.2m reduction in 2011/12 - to the Skills and Work service, which has successfully helped some 2,800 local residents to find and be skilled for work or into jobs in the Salford economy in the past 12 months. This is a much needed service at this time.

The council’s budget papers note the risk:

“The £850k saving in Skills and Work represents a further 25% reduction in funding and while the service will continue to prioritise families at risk and people affected by welfare benefit reform and child poverty, the reduction in funding will undoubtedly result in fewer people being supported to move off benefits and into work. The Skills and Work service is supported by a network of eleven local Community and Voluntary Sector providers under the Raising Aspirations commissioning programme and whilst some savings are anticipated to be made through joint commissioning of some of these organisations, it will not be possible to continue to deliver the same level of support in the future. This could impact on the ongoing viability of some excellent local grass roots organisations.”

Budget for 2012 - 2013:

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