Richard Burden, Labour MP for Northfield constituency, joined workers at the Northfield Connexions office a they closed for a half day strike on Wednesday.
Conexxions has offices throughout Birmingham, offering confidential support and advice on issues such as education and employment to young people. After closing three offices last year at Aston, Handsworth and Erdington last autumn, Birmingham City Council have now cut Connexions’ funding by 30% as part of their ‘budget savings’. Thirty six jobs across the city are at risk, as well as diminished front line services for young adults.
Richard Burden told me, “We can’t build a future without investing in young people. In an uncertain world, it is so important that young people have easy access to the advice they need to make the most of their talents and to raise their horizons. It is so short sighted for the Conservative-led coalition to cut services to young people – including Connexions – in the way they are doing. I don’t think they have thought it through. They could end up losing the young people for whom services like these are most valuable.
“People working in services like these should not have to take industrial action to be heard. Rather than just criticising their staff for taking action, the Council should listen for a change and sort it out.”
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