Brent Council may cut funding for all youth services
PUBLISHED: 12:05 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:05 18 December 2014
Council funding for ALL youth services in the borough could be axed as part of the town hall’s bid to save £54million in the next two years.
Residents in Brent are being warned they have two months to air their views about which services should be saved when the council rolls out a series of cuts in 2015.
On Monday at an executive meeting, a public consultation allowing them to help decided where the axe will fall was launched.
The raft of cuts being discussed include the ending of all
youth services in the borough, closing children’s centres, a day car centre and reducing respite care.
A member of Brent Youth Parliament at the meeting highlighted the increased social problems that will come with the closure of children and youth centres, in particular the LGBT Mosaic Centre in Brent.
One of the three council-run leisure centres Bridge Park, Vale Farm or Willesden, located in Stonebridge, Wembley, and Willesden, respectively, could also be closed for good.
Other casualties may include a day care centre in Willesden for disabled residents.
Cassie Hawkes and Hazel Sheppard users of the New Millennium Day Centre in Robson Avenue, are concerned that their vital lifeline could be axed after council officers refused to reassure its future.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of the council, said: “We have difficult choices we will have to make but opening this is mostly about bringing everything to the table.
“There are some very very difficult choices we are taking a look at, every proposition, every option so the most vulnerable and the neediest receive the care they deserve.
“I can’t shy away from facing these difficult decisions.”
“We have a genuine choice to make. Help us to decide which of these £60m cuts to take off the table.
“These are not our cuts, these are government cuts. We want the people of Brent to know what impact these cuts will have.”
Cllr Michael Pavey, the cabinet’s vice chair, said there would be 40 per cent cuts to the back office “to protect the front line” and so some council jobs will most certainly go.
The two-month consultation will end in February and a final decision made in March.
To take part in the consultation visit brent.gov.uk.
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