Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Surrey Tories scrap vital services for vulnerable children

by willforster on 6 June, 2017

My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have slammed the Conservatives running Surrey County Council for cutting vital services provided to young vulnerable adults across the county.

The cuts were decided at a meeting of the Tory Cabinet last week, with nearly £450,000 axed over the next two years from outreach services targeted at hard to reach young people in Surrey.  The consultation period for the proposed changes was only 8 weeks in length, contradicting the County Council’s own guidance known as the Surrey Compact, which recommends a 12-week consultation.

I think these cuts affect the most vulnerable young people in Surrey.  Intervening at this stage in their lives is crucial and these cuts could mean much more expensive interventions from the Council further down the line.  I recognise that there needs to be some re-focussing of services for young people, but this cut is a threat to children’s mental health and it is my priority in my work in this area to ensure that children’s mental health, and the services which promote it, are properly protected.

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