Trouble set to return to streets

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR - Teenagers drinking alcohol on the streets - Under-age drinking
ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR - Teenagers drinking alcohol on the streets - Under-age drinking
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ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour and crime could rocket when vital services are lost according to fearful council bosses.

Leader of the council, Coun Peter Box, said most of the cuts affected work being done ‘at family level’ to tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour.

He said: “The impact of these savings won’t be seen immediately. It will be seen in two or three years’ time when anti-social behaviour starts to increase because the work we’re doing with families to prevent it is being stopped.”

Schemes that will be lost include family intervention programmes that help tackle youth crime and anti-social behaviour, anti bullying schemes and projects designed to help prevent violent extremism.

They all fall under the remit of family services, which will be worst affected by the cuts.

It has to save £13m of the £20m worth of savings that need to be found this year alone.

Despite this council chiefs have vowed to ‘protect the vulnerable’.

Coun Box said: “In prioritising vulnerable people, the council will safeguard children and protect vulnerable adults, by keeping the existing eligibility criteria for care services to ensure those most in need of services receive them.”

He said the level of grants to many voluntary organisations would be maintained, and that the council would continue to provide or commission services for families through childminding services, children and family centres and nurseries, as well as help older people through residential care homes, community meals, day care and help carers.