Youth advice service jobs face axe in Leicestershire

More than 70 jobs are to go as an advice service in Market Harborough prepares itself for expected government cuts.

Connexions Leicester Shire offers help to people aged between 13 and 19 in Leicester and Leicestershire.

It spends £4.4m a year in the county and £3.7m a year in the city, but hopes to save £1.7m through planned cuts.

Chief executive Rosemary Beard said the aim was to see how services could be best maintained.

Consultation period

She said: "We regret having to make any cuts and lose any jobs, but we are trying to minimise the impact on services to our young people.

"We are focusing job losses on management, not full-time advice staff."

She added that the advice service in Harborough district would be maintained through advisers based in schools and outreach work.

Connexions Leicester Shire is proposing to shed 74 of its 312 staff and close its Market Harborough centre from April next year in order to save £1.7m.

Managers are to hold a 90-day consultation period with staff and unions to discuss the future.

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