• Devon young people release press statement on youth cuts

    4th February 2014 | News | Claire
  • This statement has been formulated by a Core Campaign group of young people, on consultation with the Devon youth community and supported by the British Youth Council; Unite the Union and many Devon County Councillors including Cllr Claire Wright.

    The statement is as follows:
    “Young people across Devon have started to take action in the face of devastating cuts which face their youth service. Over the next weeks, we hope to make it clear to decision makers in Devon County Council that we will not just accept the destruction of our youth service. We will challenge every decision which will have a negative impact on young people and their futures.

    The young people of Devon are not blind to the reasons behind this decision, it is because politicians feel that we will not challenge and accept the status quo, this is not the case. The overall long-term cost of these cuts will be much greater than the initial savings, eventually costing the tax payer more in years to come.

    Devon Youth Service provides young people with vital health and well-being awareness along with helping them to find decently paid, secure employment and creating safe havens in every major town. Do not desert Devon’s future for a short term saving.

    Thank you for reading our statement on behalf of all young people in Devon and we hope that you will help to spread this message in such a hard time.

    Yours sincerely

    George Downs MYP
    Member of Youth Parliament
    East & Mid Devon
    UK Youth Parliament Devon

    Please support their petition – https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/john-hart-protect-our-youth-services-from-budget-cuts

    And here’s the consultation that started yesterday and will continue until 27 April – http://new.devon.gov.uk/youthreview/