Opposition to plans to cut county youth services

AROUND 70 people gathered in Alfreton on Friday night to protest against cuts to Derbyshire’s youth services.

The Conservative-run county council wants to close 29 youth centres, with more than 150 youth workers at risk of losing their jobs, and offer grants to voluntary and community groups to run such services instead.

Opposition Labour council councillor Anne Western said: “The council talk in terms of having to cut the budget, but they have found £462,000 to invest in Ozbox the boxing scheme.”

Tory councillor Barry Lewis said youth clubs were expensive to run and used by just 28 per cent of 13 to 19-year-olds. The authority is carry out a consultation exercise at the moment, which ends on March 19.