Youth centres in South Gloucestershire face budget decision

The future of youth centres across South Gloucestershire is expected to be decided by the council on Monday.

The centres face losing half their funding by 2014 and the Conservatives want outside organisations to run them.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats want to retain control of centres in deprived areas.

No political group has a majority on South Gloucestershire Council, which has been run by cross-party committees since May.

Rob Jones said his Conservative group - which would allocate a £525,000 budget for the centres - was looking for "fairness".

They want "locally-based organisations" to run the youth centres.

"What we're looking for is a level playing field with all young people in South Gloucestershire having access to funding from the council for positive activities that they'd like to do," he said.

Ian Blair, from the Liberal Democrats, said: "The council will be concentrating more and more on areas of need for the vulnerable."

Other remaining youth centres would then be run by local organisations, under the Lib Dem proposal.

"At the moment we are going to rely on outside agencies competing - or bidding - to run these centres," he added.

The meeting takes place in Kingswood at 19:00 BST.

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