UPDATED FRIDAY 14:12*
UP to £200,000 could be slashed from the Isle of Wight Council’s youth service budget and jobs may be axed as part of the 'root and branch’ review of services.
Parish and town councils, as well as local community groups, could take over the running of youth services, according to a report due to go before the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet on Tuesday.
Staff, communities and young people are set to be consulted on the plans which will be finalised next year.
At the moment, the authority provides a youth and community service aimed at 13 to 19-year-olds or those aged up to 24 who have a declared learning disability.
Services include youth clubs and homework clubs, as well as a one-to-one service for vulnerable young people in schools.
The authority also runs a targeted youth support team that works with young people on a referral basis and offers a wide range of preventative services, including family mediation and training workshops for ten to 18-year-olds.
The two services currently cost the authority cost just over £1m to run each year.
Under new proposals, open access to youth services would be run by local parish and town councils and communities. The Isle of Wight Council would cease to offer universal services but would offer cash to each area to run them, paid for by not employing youth workers directly.
The council would however retain a reduced team to help with the commissioning of the services.
Some staff currently employed by the authority’s youth service could be re-employed by parish and town councils.
In a separate move, the cabinet is also due to discuss plans to overhaul the authority’s planning department.
As previously reported, the authority is aiming to review the Island Plan Core Strategy due to concerns about the high level of planned housing growth across the Isle of Wight.
*The initial proposals for the Youth Service were endorsed by the cabinet at it's meeting on Tuesday, December 10. A more detailed report will be presented to the cabinet in the spring.