Due to our organisation already having had a 33% cut of area budget since April 2010 staff hours have had to be cut. With this next 24% cut our service will have to reduce the number of sessions with the young people we serve and put them back on streets where many of them are being threatened with anti social behaviour orders due to standing on the streets where they live. We believe we have helped in the last 10 years to prove that the quality of service to our young people can and should be better. Area youth work total contract with drawn April 2011-March 2012 also total engage withdrawn (replaced at 50% what was by Local transition fund) Due to cuts, attracting external funding will be very difficult as local funding has been used as match funding. With these cuts the organisation is looking very hard at closing down its services by April after 10 years of meeting and over-exceeding set outcomes and as one of the main voluntary sector groups in the area working successfully with young people,The organisation will in the first instance have to cut services to young people in this 1 of the top 10 areas of the country for deprivation, we are looking to partner with agencies but most have also had large cuts and having to let go staff that have been trained and equipped over last couple of years so its not easy but we intend to ensure that a least the resources we have brought in remain and hope at some time in the near future another organisation take it up. We have been surpassing local youth service targets and engaging with many more young people and feel the statutory sector will be given funds at our expense. Consultations I feel have been thin on the ground and very confusing. My biggest fear is that young people of the area should also be consulted as to who should get support. I accept some small voluntary sector project across the city may not be up to scratch but many LCC provisions have been failing for a very long time.I feel strongly that IYSS (local authority) should oversee quality of provision to young people and not be involved in delivery where there are strong proven voluntary sector organisations doing an excellent job.
I worked for several years in Housing Support. Made redundant on March 31st along with over 100 colleagues, leaving 1000+ people with no support. I have since lost my 2 bedroom semi detached house and moved with my wife into a 1 bedroomed flat over a pub. Currently on JSA.
I have taken a pay cut of about 14 of my wages to stay on and work for an organisation I love.
I have children and grandchildren who I help when they need it, I am not going to be able to afford to help them as I will also be affected by the financial burden the coalition is inflicting on us, it will cause an whole lot of pain and depression within my family. What makes it worse is there is a chance i could lose my job.
We are having to deal with a local authority who have given one week's notice of their plans to shut a community centre and turn it into a free school. No consultation with voluntary organisations who are based there; no consultation with residents; decision to be rubber stamped by cabinet and no option for it to be discussed by full Council. Not only cuts to services, but to democracy too.