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Young people in Rotherham occupy against the cuts

Issue No. 2233

Two youth centres in Rotherham were occupied this evening (Thursday) against cuts in youth services.

Some 40 young people aged between 11 and 15 occupied Dalton Youth Centre. Another group has occupied the Bramley Youth Centre.

Inspired by the student occupations around the country before Christmas, they are demanding no cuts to youth services or connexions.

The occupations happened after a protest organised by users of seven local youth clubs, which was backed by the Unison union, which organises youth centre workers. Protesters are worried that the council is threatening to cut 15 of the 42 Connexions posts in Rotherham.

Connexions, which opened new offices in the town last October, was set up to help young people aged 13 to 19 find work or training.

Anthony Abdul, from the Rotherham branch of the Unison, said that plans to cut it are, “an act of gross vandalism”.

He added, “If we lose these Connexions staff, who will help the rising ranks of unemployed young people in Rotherham?”

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Thu 6 Jan 2011, 22:10 GMT
Issue No. 2233
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