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Young People And Youth Workers Rally To Save Birmingham Youth Service

Save Birmingham Youth Service Feb 2nd Rally (22)Save Birmingham Youth Service held a rally in Chamberlain Square yesterday, calling on the Labour council to defy the Tory cuts and stop the slashing of their budget which is threatened with £1.5m of cuts – a third of their budget. These cuts will see youth centres close, youth workers get laid off and more young people left without help, support or a space which they have some control over. At the city centre consultation budget consultation, one young person warned Birmingham City Council that they would not be able to handle the reaction to these closures.

At the rally yesterday, young people called on councillors to walk in their shoes, and recounted their tales of how the youth service helps them.

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In Our Shoes – Save Birmingham Youth Service Demonstration, Sat 2nd Feb

In Our Shoes Save Birmingham Youth ServiceRally to Save Birmingham Youth Service! Please come along and show Birmingham City Council and the Government what its like to walk in the shoes of Birmingham’s young people.

12 noon
Saturday 2nd February

Chamberlain Square, by the library.

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Protecting the most vulnerable? – Birmingham cuts its children’s services

As Birmingham City Council sets its budget for 2013-14, nearly a quarter of the proposed total cuts of £110m falls disproportionately on the Children and Young People’s (CYP) Budget. There are also significant cuts planned to Play and Youth Services which will be subject to £1m worth of cuts over two years.

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Next BATC Meeting – Monday 8th October – Youth Unemployment in Birmingham

Our next organising meeting will be on Monday 8th October and Richard Hatcher will introduce a discussion about youth unemployment, with a talk of around 10 minutes followed by around half an hours discussion. After this will be organising items which will mostly be focused on the 20th October TUC national demonstration in London.

Youth Unemployment
6:30pm, Monday 8th October

Unison Offices, 19th Floor McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway, B4 7LR
Offices have level access and accessible toilets. Children are welcome to our meetings but we cannot provide a creche service, though there is enough space to set up a seperate table from the meeting you will need to bring something for them to do.
If you have any accessibilty needs or questions please contact us by email at BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@gmail.com

UK Youth unemployment graph

Source: Touchstone Economic Dashboard

Nationally, youth unemployment has risen sharply over the past three years, with over a million people aged 16-24 out of work.
Long term youth unemployment – where people are out of work for more than a year – has risen by 264% in the past year alone, with 60,955 young people long term unemployed in August 2012.

Whilst they are out of work, under-25s get a worse deal than older jobseekers – a lower rate of Jobseeker’s allowance (£56.25/week rather than £71/week), housing benefit limited to a shared house rate and more chance of being forced to work unpaid for private companies with extra schemes operating and a pilot scheme in London which can see young people sent out from the day they sign on.

With workfare the only game in town as far as the DWP are concerned, EMA scrapped, tuition fees raised hugely, colleges losing funding and Connexions only saved from closure through concerted strike action, young people are not getting the support they deserve. It is in this context that Birmingham City Council have launched a youth unemployment commission, which we hope will bring forward policies that will actually create useful jobs, and not just supply free labour to companies under an empty idea that experience is all that is necessary to get work in an economy where 800 people apply for 10 jobs at Costa Coffee in Nottingham.

So what is the picture locally? What do we need to do tackle this problem? Come along to our meeting to discuss this issue.

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1,000 join protest against youth cuts in Solihull

The Birmingham Mail has reported on the national save our youth services rally held in Solihull.

A 12-year-old from Prime Minister David Cameron’s constituency spoke of his concerns over the threatened closure of youth services in his area as he joined a huge rally against proposed cuts in Solihull

Nicky Wishart was among around 1,000 people at the rally in Solihull, staged by Unite to launch a campaign against “catastrophic” cuts to youth services.

Unite warned that one in four youth services such as volunteering projects and youth clubs in England faced spending cuts of up to 30%.


Save Birmingham Youth Services have been campaigning locally against cuts in youth services


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