We’ve been working hard to commission new youth services for Ludlow after Shropshire Council decided to make its youth staff redundant to save money. We’ve been allocated just £10,850 a year for services and even that is not guaranteed beyond March 2017.
We’ve never been happy with the commissioning process, which has been too centralised and bureaucratic, with ridiculously high overheads. But we have worked hard to ensure that we get something in place for September for the sake of the young people of this town.
Our invitation to tender has received no bids at all and there is every prospect of having no youth services in Ludlow from September onwards. Tracey Huffer and I are so concerned about the problems with the commissioning process, we have referred the matter to the council’s auditors.
Meanwhile, we need an emergency plan to get youth services in place within four weeks. We have called an urgent meeting of the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee, which is responsible for commissioning, and the Ludlow Youth Partnership tomorrow. The aim is to find a way forward. Senior commissioners from Shropshire Council will attend.