200 jobs at risk in Wolverhampton children’s services

More than 200 jobs at Wolverhampton’s children’s services department will be scrapped to save more than £8 million over the next five years under plans revealed today.

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Wolverhampton City Council's Civic Centre

The details have emerged as part of a plan to axe 1,000 jobs at Wolverhampton City Council and cut £98m.

Its children and young people’s services will lose 227 posts accounting for £6.1m of cuts and £2.2m of back office savings.

Bosses have insisted that ‘their hands are tied’ due to government funding cuts.

Youth club activities are moving out of youth centres and into the planned £6m Onside Youth Zone, set to be built on land off Worcester Street, School Street and Little Brickkiln Street.

A total of 76 full time equivalent posts are expected to go in youth services, and 36 will be lost in a re-structuring of the ‘social inclusion and play’ service.

A total of 38 posts will go in children’s homes and 33 will go in the department providing short breaks for youngsters, including the closure of the council’s homes in Windmill Lane and Stowheath.

Six will go in the family and support team and one from the youth offending service.

A further 36 jobs will go in the department overseeing schools, skills and learning, including cutting six heads of service down to two. A post will also be axed in a review of lollipop wardens. Bosses are also planning to raise £1m by increasing the prices it charges schools for children’s meals.

The council is planning a 2.5 per cent rise in 2014/15 and five per cent over the following three years. This will mean between 5p and 10p a meal added to the average cost.

It will be up to the schools to decide whether to pass the costs on to parents.

Children’s services boss Val Gibson told a scrutiny panel meeting: “We have got our hands tied behind our backs over this. We are going to have to do our best to support the young people in this city with what we have got.

The council is also putting £4.68m more into its budget to cope with rising numbers of looked after children.

Comments for: "200 jobs at risk in Wolverhampton children’s services"

I too

I too remember that building by the Molineux that was a youth centre, indoor sports centre and climbing wall. It went many a year ago and was not missed.

So why is the council putting £3 million into a youth centre now when money is tight?

I too remember the Public in Tesco Town that was invested in and never changed anything

Save the public cut the spending with Mr Morg

It may end up just being a one sided building like the Molineux

Do you remember any council failures?

Computer systems.........

Spend, waste, spend, waste seesm to be a cycle of progress in Wolverhampton.

What about the Hoobs? Will this be another spend, waste?

charlie.bear.5836

Anyone remember when we all survived without "Children's services" provided at taxpayers expense, and children were looked after by their parents?

As an aside, are bosses "hands tied" to such an extent that they can only reduce front-line services and not cull a few of their own, or are they exempt?

Ben_kart

Charlie.bear.5836

Their bonuses depend on these cuts! Come off it, it's only the more elderly, sick, infirm and younger folk who should bear the brunt of these austerity measures? Tough decisions need to made.

Dole queues will be getting longer, austerity obviously stops at welfare handouts...