Berkshire

Slough teenagers faced with summer activities cuts

Thousands of teenagers in a Berkshire town could be left without summer activities due to cut backs.

Slough council has proposed a £120,000 cut from the Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) fund.

Youth clubs, trips and organised activities could all be hit and youth leaders have voiced worries how children will fill their time.

Slough Borough Council said it was still looking into the scope of the cuts.

Jamie Green, community champion for young people in Slough, said: "If young people are taking part in a positive activity it means they are not taking part in an activity that isn't so positive."

Daniel Endersby, 17, said he was due to go on a holiday at the end of August which is now expected to be cancelled.

"All the planning that has gone into this over the past few months and now its not happening," he said.

"I feel upset and let down by the council and government, now we have nothing to do over the holidays.

"It is six weeks of time which we now have nothing to do."

Slough Borough Council said its members would consider the report before any final decisions were made.

Reductions are also expected during half-term holidays later in the year and over the Christmas break.

Some summer activities will still be held at all youth centres in Slough, but opening times will be affected.

A spokeswoman for Connexions, which provides the activities, said the council needed to make savings of £1.3m within its services for education and children.

She said: "The immediate impact of this funding cut is on young people losing access to summer holiday activities, the local voluntary and third sector partners who were preparing to deliver these activities and the risk of redundancies to Connexions key workers who support the young people.

"Key workers will continue to support young people who are at risk throughout the summer holidays with one-to-one interventions and group activities where appropriate."

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