Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire youth services could face £4m cuts

Hampshire County Council will decide later whether to approve plans to cut £4m from its youth support services.

The Conservative-led authority is trying to save £20m a year from 2012.

If the plans go ahead it could mean 150 jobs - 60% of the workforce - will go, many from the Connexions careers service.

The council wants to set up a new independent careers service which it hopes to sell to schools from September next year.

It would still fund services for vulnerable young people, including children in care and people with special needs.

The council said: "We are proposing to make up to £2m available to the voluntary sector to deliver local youth projects.

"We would work closely with the voluntary sector and provide them with funding to deliver local youth projects and services on our behalf.

"In the future, the voluntary sector will have access to funding that we do not and we want to support them to deliver youth provision based on local need.

A meeting about the plans is being held later.

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