Suffolk: Council to hand over youth clubs

SUFFOLK is to withdraw from county council-run youth clubs, it confirmed today.

The county’s cabinet confirmed it is to close, or divest, council youth clubs over the next three years in a bid to save �850,000 from its budget.

County councillor with responsibility for children and young people Graham Newman said the youth clubs catered for less than one per cent of the young people who were eligible to attend them – and that the county’s increasingly-scarce money would be better targeted at specific youth projects.

However some of the more successful youth clubs could be taken over by community groups, church groups, or parish councils and a “divestment fund” was being set up to help community groups acheive that.

The move was approved unanimously by the cabinet.

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