Bid to axe welsh agency under fire

    Proposals to scrap the Welsh Youth Agency could lead to a
    reduction in work to improve the lives of young people, it is
    feared.

    Under the plans, announced by the Welsh assembly last week, the
    work of the agency would be subsumed into its own programme. The
    assembly said the move reflected the increasing importance it was
    putting on work with young people.

    But, while welcoming the assembly’s commitment to youth work,
    Jim Humphreys, Welsh Principal Youth Officers’ group chair, said
    there were several issues that needed to be addressed to protect
    the agency’s work.

    The group has written to agency chair Howard Williamson voicing
    its concerns. Among these are maintaining an independent voice for
    youth work, supporting council youth services, and considering how
    to deliver education and training.

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