1,000 Bradford district young people sign cards demanding Bradford Council think again on planned cuts

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Protesters hand over the cards to Council leader Dave Green Protesters hand over the cards to Council leader Dave Green

Children and young people across the district have written 1,000 cards to the leaders of Bradford Council, saying all they want for Christmas is their youth service.

Bradford Council is currently consulting on plans to cut its youth service funding by almost 80 per cent, as part of its budget plan for next year.

A team of anti-cuts campaigners handed in hundreds of the Christmas cards to Council leader Councillor David Green, with more due to pile in to City Hall throughout today.

The cards have been filled in by young people and workers at youth centres and clubs and each one explains why the service is important.

Messages written in the cards include: “I need somewhere to go to see someone who will listen.”

“It makes me feel like I am a part of something bigger.”

“It’s part of child protection. A lot of people who get abused at home don’t tell anyone but youth workers, because they feel comfortable with them.”

One of the lead campaigners, Piers Telemacque of Bradford College Students’ Union, said: “They’re a thousand reasons to say no to cutting the youth service.”

He said on his way to City Hall on Friday, he had even managed to recruit more young campaigners to the cause.

This included 16-year-old Martyna Bartoszewicz, who said she had been on her way to visit the Connexions advice service for young people because she feared she was about to be made homeless.

Mr Telemacque told Coun Green: “If it hadn’t been for the youth service, this girl could have been homeless over Christmas.”

Coun Green said until now, the youth service had been relatively protected by the cuts.

He said: “It’s been cut less than many other Council services in Bradford but you get to the point where you have almost got nowhere else to go.”

But he said the consultation wasn’t a “box-ticking exercise” and that the Council would listen to the views of the public.

Mr Telemacque said one of the upsides to the campaign was the way it had got a lot of young people engaged in politics.

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9:37am Tue 24 Dec 13

Bacon Bantam says...

Councillor Green is protecting council payments to the unions and won't even think of looking at the number of councillors.

They also seem to have £17m sat around to build swimming pools and are going without £24m of unpaid council tax.

Maybe a more fit for purpose council would either,

Look out for someone other than themselves.
Not chase pie in the sky ideas.
Get in what is due to them rather than cutting services and writting off massive debts.
Councillor Green is protecting council payments to the unions and won't even think of looking at the number of councillors. They also seem to have £17m sat around to build swimming pools and are going without £24m of unpaid council tax. Maybe a more fit for purpose council would either, Look out for someone other than themselves. Not chase pie in the sky ideas. Get in what is due to them rather than cutting services and writting off massive debts. Bacon Bantam

8:23pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Not so simple says...

Christmas message to the youth

Save your breathe. You will learn that politicians just do not care about you...just ask the youth of yesterday!

Setup yourself as an independent candidate and stand for election...enough youth of today and yesterday will vote for you so long as you are HONEST and do not mix with the other political parties.

Change don't just happen; you gotta make it happen.
Christmas message to the youth Save your breathe. You will learn that politicians just do not care about you...just ask the youth of yesterday! Setup yourself as an independent candidate and stand for election...enough youth of today and yesterday will vote for you so long as you are HONEST and do not mix with the other political parties. Change don't just happen; you gotta make it happen. Not so simple

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