Petition hearing held in Scunthorpe to discuss changes to North Lincolnshire Council youth service
Planned changes to the region's youth service have again been debated after a petition raised more than 1,000 signatures.
North Lincolnshire Council has already voted to press ahead with a transformation of the service, which will see activities provided by organisations other than the authority.
Critics of the scheme, which leaves 74 jobs at risk, say the current provision should remain in place and more consultation should be carried out on any planned changes.
But officials at the council say they are investing extra funds into youth activities and increasing provision in all areas.
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A petition by Vicky Halloran, project youth worker at The Base youth centre in Scunthorpe and centre users was handed to the council on February 19, with 681 signatures. It has since gathered extra support and now has 1,187 signatures.
A hearing to discuss the petition was held at the council's Civic Centre headquarters in Scunthorpe this afternoon (Thursday, February 28), with petitioners, councillors and council officers in attendance.
The petition urges the council to: "Reconsider its decision to transform the youth service and ask that they conduct a proper consultation with service users and staff to see if there are ways that a professional service that people both need and want can be saved, improved and that savings can be made."
The petition panel, chaired by Councillor Rob Waltham, who made the original decision to go ahead with the transformation, will now consider the petitioners' concerns and determine whether any further action needs to be taken.