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| November 16, 2018

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Campaigners Celebrate After Council Agrees to Reduce Youth Service Cuts

Youth Services Protest
Pete Humphreys

Campaigners are celebrating after Brighton and Hove City Council passed a budget which reduces planned cuts to youth services in the city.

A cross-party group of councillors drew up an amendment which reduced planned cuts from £800k to £155k, meaning youth services will be cut by 15% rather than the planned 80% cut.

Campaigners have been fighting the cuts for months, taking part in protests outside the Town Hall and even interrupting last night’s meeting by dropping leaflets on councilors.

Posting to Facebook, youth worker Kat said: ” We have got back £645,000 for this year. A victory! Well done and thank you to all who have supported the campaign. There’s more to be done, but for now, let’s celebrate!”

The agreed budget contains £12 million of cuts to Council services.

It was passed on its second attempt after councillors found more money enabling them to reduce cuts to youth services, Early Help and community safety teams.

Councillor Warren Morgan, leader of the council, said: “As a council we of course listen to all representations, and right from the start I was clear that wherever there was an opportunity to restore funding to youth services we would.

“As soon as the Budget gap was closed, and we had a little room for manoeuvre, we put £200,000 back in. We were more than pleased to work positively and constructively cross-party to put further funding into youth services where we could, including £20,000 from our own allowances.”

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