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MP calls for spending cuts re-think

PUBLISHED: 10:22 26 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:57 16 September 2010

A Norfolk MP is calling for a rethink on controversial plans to cut funding for careers services in Norfolk.

Simon Wright yesterday held talks with Connexions staff about proposals from Norfolk County Council which would halve its funding and cut 65 jobs.

A Norfolk MP is calling for a rethink on controversial plans to cut funding for careers services in Norfolk.

Simon Wright yesterday held talks with Connexions staff about proposals from Norfolk County Council which would halve its funding and cut 65 jobs.

County Hall says the cuts are needed after the government cut £10m from its grant funding.

Trade union Unison this week put forward a plan which could stop 30 of the job losses.

And opposition parties at the

county council are also calling on the ruling administration to look at cuts across the authority instead of making such drastic cuts in one area.

The Norwich South MP, who was given a tour of the Connexions office at the Open building in the city, and spoke to young people seeking careers advice, said such deep cuts were “incredibly unfair”.

“We are in very challenging times for so many young people and those who are seeking work are finding it hard to come by,” Mr Wright said. “We are in a situation in Norwich where one in five households are classed as workless and Connexions has been an incredibly important resource.

“The county council needs to look again and reconsider what it's doing here. To halve the funding of an organisation that's doing so much seems to be incredible.”


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