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Epsom and Ewell given stronger role in running young people’s services

Surrey County Council has given Epsom and Ewell Borough Council a stronger role in running local services for young people.

Following a commitment by the county’s leader David Hodge that services for residents should be provided at the most appropriate level, Epsom and Ewell will take responsibility for activities for young people in the area.

The borough council will take control of activities to help young people into work, training or the classroom and divert them from crime.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond said: “This is another step towards making sure local services truly match the needs of the community.

“The county council’s approach is about everyone working together as one team – whether we are a council, a voluntary group or a business – in the best interests of Surrey.”

The move follows each of Surrey’s 11 local committees being given up to £200,000 each a year to pay for activities agreed with young people as part of the county council’s plans to transform services for young people.

The plans will also see two community groups – Surrey Youth Consortium and Raven Housing Trust – take over running activities at the county council’s 31 youth centres and the authority joining forces with further education colleges to run vocational courses at the centres for 16 to 19-year-olds.

Last month boroughs, districts and parishes were freed up to manage highway verge grass cutting and hedge trimming.

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For more information, please contact senior media relations officer Kevin Richardson 0208 541 7267 or email kevin.richardson@surreycc.gov.uk.

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