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VIDEO: Careers protest over Doncaster cuts

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STAFF and union officials raised their concerns about plans, which will see the service close in April, outside the Doncaster Council civic offices at Waterdale.

They say the plans will mean 40 job losses in a service that has already seen its staffing halved.

Unison area co-ordinator Joe Gibbins said: “At a time of high youth unemployment, the loss of a centralised careers service would be a complete disaster for Doncaster, yet more public servants’ jobs axed and the education and employment prospects of the young people of the town placed in jeopardy for the sake of cost-cutting.”

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Unison area organiser Joe Gibbins hitting out at plans to scrap Doncaster’s Connexions careers service.

A petition is currently in circulation and UNISON is encouraging members of the public to write to their MPs and Councillors asking for their support to save the service.

Doncaster Council has passed a package of cuts. A spokesman said Connexions was previously funded through an early intervention grant but that had been cut by the Government. Responsibility for careers advice now goes to schools themselves.

 

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