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Question: What cuts from the budget will directly affect young people within Coventry?

Asked by ourchoicecanley to Ed, Jim, Lynnette, Rae on 13 Oct 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Jim O'BoyleJim O'Boyle answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    It’s already happened. New schools were scrapped by the government. Play area money was scrapped by the government, so it’s already happened. The truth is we will do our best to protect those people who rely on services no matter who they are or how old but it will be very difficult.


  • Photo: Lynnette KellyLynnette Kelly answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    They will affect job opportunities, the youth service (though I am fighting hard to keep as much as possible) , schools, social services, your chances of going to university, the cost of going to university, teenage pregnancy services, projects to combat obesity, work to improve schools- anything that you can think of really. And things that affect older people will impact on young people – if your parents lose their jobs, that affects you too.
    And of course the rebuild of nearly all our secondary schools was scrapped in July, so that directly affects most young people in the city. Westwood would have had builders on site very soon, before Christmas probably, and the whole project got cancelled by the government as part of its cuts.


  • Photo: Ed RuaneEd Ruane answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    The Government will be announcing their Comprehensive Spending review on 20th October, which includes information about how cuts will be made to all types of services such as health, transport, education.

    These cuts will have a direct affect upon Coventry City Council, as the Government have already indicated that they will be reducing Council budgets up and down the country, so Councils will be expected to provide the same level of service but with a lot less money which is just not possible, so discussions are still taking place at the moment at Coventry City Council as to which services will be cutback, this is an extremely difficult decison to make as nobody likes cutting services.

    I’m not aware at present of any planned cuts to youth services as the plans for the Council budget are still being drafted and worked on. I know the Council are working hard to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our society are protected such as the young, elderly and disabled.

    The Government recently announced that new secondary school buildings would no longer be built in Coventry, they also announced that they would be abolishing child benefit for parents who are earning more than £40,000 per year, so this will have a direct affect upon families and children as there will be less money coming in to the household.


  • Photo: Rachel LancasterRachel Lancaster answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    The short answer is we don’t know yet. On October 20th the government will announce the comprehensive spending review then all councillor will have the horrible task of deciding what to cut.