Day: 8 October 2014

This briefing doesn’t aim to be definitive. It can’t be because a lot of matters are not yet resolved – including the crucial issue of Shropshire Council funding for youth provision in Ludlow. Yesterday evening, Ludlow East councillor Tracey Huffer chaired a meeting of the Ludlow Youth Partnership. The partnership is a loose and active group of people and organisations active in youth support. Our guests for the meeting were Gwilym Butler, the Shropshire Councillor overseeing youth services and George Candler. He’s a senior officer working on the transformation of Shropshire Council from a council that does things itself, to one that commissions other people and organisations to do them on its behalf. There were a lot of questions asked at the meeting and some clear responses from Butler and Candler. In this blog I want to summarise the key points rather provide a record of the meeting. Part of the backdrop for this meeting are plans to make around 100 youth support staff redundant in the spring. Butler and Candler confirmed this would be the case but there is no absolute date for ending of contracts. It would depend on when the local commissioning bodies are ready. So youth…

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