North Lincolnshire Council youth service changes to go ahead as planned
Changes to the region's youth service will go ahead as planned, councillors have determined.
A special meeting of North Lincolnshire Council's people scrutiny panel was held to discuss the plans, which put 74 jobs at risk.
Around 50 members of the public attended the meeting, which lasted more than three hours.
It was triggered after the panel's chairman, Councillor Elaine Marper, moved to call in the decision made by Councillor Rob Waltham to press ahead with the scheme.
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The council's controlling Conservative Group say the changes, which will see services commissioned by the authority from other organisations, will lead to more activities for youngsters at times they want to participate in them.
But the scrutiny panel heard arguments from current and former youth workers, as well as young people, on why the current service should not be changed.
After the proposal was debated, Labour councillor John Collinson moved a motion calling for it to be discused by the full council.
He said: "I move we take option two and arrange for the full council to take the decision.
"We have seen the public interest today and it was excellent it was allowed to be heard in public.
"It is a key decision and the council has this opportunity to discuss it further and make the decision on what it wants to do."
This proposal was defeated in a vote among the panel.
Instead, the option to allow the proposal to go ahead was taken, along with an amendment that its progress is reviewed in six months.