Nottingham City Council is cutting funding for youth support and advice service Connexions in the wake of central government funding cuts.
A £2.8m funding cut to Nottingham’s education area based grant has forced the council to cut 10 percent of its funding for Connexions, as well as reducing spending on teenage pregnancy and the January Guarantee of a place in education or training for all 17-year-olds.
The cuts are due to go before the council executive next Tuesday for approval.
A number of local authorities are reducing funding for Connexions, which is one of the biggest spending areas from the area based education grants that are targeted at deprivation hotspots.
The council has been able to funnel most of the education cuts into spending programmes that were due to be phased out next March in any case, and has been able to protect 1,000 placements under the Nottingham Jobs Plan, which provides jobs and placements to local unemployed people, and 200 apprenticeships in the council’s apprenticeship programme despite cuts to its Working Neighbourhoods Fund.
But many of the required cuts have yet to be identified – in particular, the council is still analysing the impact of a £2.8m cut in its Local Area Agreement award grant, some of which is also spent on children’s services.
In addition, cuts to schemes to tackle congestion are under urgent review following a £2.7m reduction in transport grants.