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Youth Services Warning

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:36am 30th October 2014

A Cornish charity warns the cuts could force youth centres to close.

The Council wants to slash funding for youth services by 950 thousand pounds.

But Young People Cornwall warns that means centres in Truro, St Austell, Roche and Illogan could have to shut.

Chief Exec Nick Smith said: "If we remove these services it will take years for us to get those facilities back, if ever. What kind of message does this actually give to children and young people in Cornwall? Is there a real committment to their needs? What services will actually be left to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people at the end.

"It's about the cost that youth clubs and youth work helps save in the future to the public purse. Whether that's keeping a young person out of the criminal justice system, for a young person to remain fit and healthy by not smoking and by not mis-using alcohol or drugs."

A consultation on Cornwall Council's draft budget proposals has closed but you can read more here.

A final decision on its plans to save almost 200 million pounds is due in November.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "The unprecedented scale of the savings required means that all areas of the Council are affected by the draft proposals. However, rather than simply ‘salami slice’ every service, the authority has developed a four year plan which will help protect the three key priority areas identified by the public and Members during last year’s budget consultation. These are services for the most vulnerable in society (including vulnerable adults, children, older people and the poorest), public transport, and road repairs and maintenance."

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