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Youth workers worried about job losses as council plans to cut services

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Youth workers say they are worried their jobs will be axed as the Vale of Glamorgan is the latest council in Wales to re-structure youth services.

Campaigners say that the service will be decimated as youth centres are replaced by a double decker bus that travels between communities.

Now young people in Llantwit Major are getting together to campaign to try to save their youth centre.

It follows the announcement of Gwynedd Council which planned to axe all of its youth clubs.

The Council is looking to restructure its youth service provision in an effort to ensure greater efficiency. Under the proposals, exactly the same level of provision would be offered across the Vale. The service in Llantwit Major will be provided by mobile youth officers using the Council's hi tech youth bus which is very popular with young people across the Vale.

The youth cabinet and youth action groups, which make up the Vale Youth Forum, have been consulted as part of this process and many of the proposed changes have been inspired by that feedback.

We are proposing changes to staff contracts to reduce the number of part-time jobs. Many youth workers have contracts for as little as three hours a week. The changes would see fewer posts but these will be for more hours per week.

Any staff affected by these changes will be offered the opportunity for redeployment within the Council, while redundancy would be approached on a case by case basis.

– Cllr Bob Penrose, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture