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Warning over 95 agency job cuts in Sheffield

Up to 95 jobs could be axed at an agency which supports young people at work in Sheffield.

Charity Sheffield Futures helps train and give career advice to young people and adults in the city.

Trade union Unison said the job losses were an impact of the £6.5m cuts Sheffield council agreed to make earlier this week.

Sheffield Futures said it was in the process of informing staff about the potential job losses.

A statement from the charity said the full impact of the cuts was yet to be finalised.

'Shocked and horrified'

Sheffield Futures, which has a workforce of about 360, is partially funded by an annual grant from Sheffield Council.

Plans for £6.5m of cuts in the 2010/2011 council budget were approved at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday.

Kevin Osborne, of Unison, said Sheffield council had decided to implement a national government grant withdrawal in full, which had meant a 16% cut to Sheffield Future's funding.

He said that of those members that were fully aware of the situation, they were "shocked and horrified about what is going on, and frightened for the future."

Mr Osborne said those posts affected would be front line staff, including those working at schools in the community.

He said: "They will be cut drastically a result of this exercise.

"That will result in more young people not having careers and finding themselves on benefits and not in work."

Unison members are meeting on Tuesday at 1700 BST to discuss the proposals and Mr Osborne urged members to attend.

He said industrial action could not be ruled out.

A spokeswoman from Sheffield City Council confirmed that an annual grant Sheffield Futures receives from the council had been reduced.

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