Youth plans are approved

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COUNCIL chiefs have approved revised plans on the future of the county’s youth service.

Tory-led Derbyshire County Council has given into people power and ruled out a mass closure of 29 youth clubs.

Instead, some centres may be run by voluntary organisations while other clubs could be kept under council control following a “case by case” review of each facility.

But the authority has pledged no centre would close without suitable alternatives being provided.

And no youth workers will be made redundant – instead they will be offered new contracts to work more flexibly to respond to youngsters’ wishes.

The changes – hailed as a U-turn by campaigners and opposition politicians – were given the green light during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Cllr Barry Lewis, cabinet member for young people, said activities will be available when youngsters want them during the week, at weekends and school holidays.

He added: “This is the biggest transformation of youth services for more than 30 years.

“We’ll be offering modern and improved quality services across the county.”

Youth services cost Derbyshire County Council more than £10m a year.