New Look Youth Service Survey 2017
The previous Cabinet and Full Council took a decision to redesign the current Youth Service to ensure that a savings target of £550k was achieved over a 3 year period.
This consultation is now closed and views being analysed.
Why do savings have to be made in the first place?
The council has to reduce it's spending across all its services. It saved £9.6m last financial year and has more savings to find.
Some significant changes were implemented last year which boosted high school pupils access to youth workers. Feedback from high schools has been very positive however there was a reduction from 13 to five evening youth clubs operating in the county. These clubs are still operating in Brecon, Llandrindod Wells, Newtown, Welshpool and Ystradgynlais but all the other youth clubs closed.
Two options have now been put forward to allow the service to achieve the remaining £220k saving target. We'd like your views on these.
We (Powys County Council's Youth Service) will continue to:
provide the current five youth clubs in Welshpool, Newtown, Llandrindod, Brecon and Ystradgynlais
have a youth worker in place in every High School in Powys
but we will need to ...
Reduce the number of youth club buildings we own (sell them) and run sessions from other venues instead to save money on heating, lighting, repairs etc.
Change the hours youth workers work to term time only
We (Powys County Council's Youth Service) would completely change the way the youth service operates by:
'Commissioning' out all activities instead to charities, clubs or private organisations to run. They will be paid to provide these activities across the whole of Powys (not just in the five current youth club towns) using the national CASH curriculum which youth clubs are currently working to (Citizenship, Arts, Sports and Health)
In this option youth workers would continue to be in place at each High School but may not work for Powys County Council.
This would however mean that we would:
No longer directly provide a youth club in any town