Outcry over plans to cut Bolton youth services

MEMBERS of Bolton’s biggest trade union have reacted angrily to council plans to make significant cuts to local youth services. The Bolton Metro branch of Unison has announced it is launching a campaign to defend what it maintains are vital services for young people in Bolton.

The proposed cuts are aimed at Educational Social Work, Connexions, Youth and Play Services, all of which are currently provided by Bolton Council’s Children’s Services Department.

Unison argues that many of these services faced significant budget cuts earlier in the year and that this has already led to an adverse impact on front line services.

Bolton Council has sent out letters to 78 people stating that their jobs are “at risk”.

Martin Challender, branch communications officer, said: “The council has taken nine months to draft their proposals but have apparently only given until the February 9 to consult with staff and the union.

“We firmly believe that the proposed changes would have a detrimental effect on the services which young people receive.”