Liverpool charities defeat budget cuts in email campaign

Voluntary groups in Liverpool will not have to make budget cuts of £500,000 following an email campaign bombarding the leader of the city council.

Liverpool City Council's education committee voted earlier this month to reduce spending on youth services by £950,000 following a £1 million cut in the grant it receives from central government.

Around £500,000 was scheduled to be cut from grants to eight voluntary organisations for young people in the city. Two organisations - the Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) and Youth - received letters from the council explaining that they were to lose all their funding.

But supporters launched an email campaign to persuade Liberal Democrat council leader Mike Storey to reverse the cuts. Last week, the council announced that its executive had voted to reject the education committee's recommendations.

"They have done a massive U-turn on this,

said Gill Bainbridge, project manager at YPAS. "We are very relieved but we are still concerned about the amount of cuts being passed on to statutory youth services."

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