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2012 Local Government Service Group Conference
20 February 2012
Carried as Amended

At a time of record youth unemployment this Conference condemns the cuts made upon the Connexions Service for young people that have seen over 3,500 advisers made redundant and many Connexions Centres closed. Consequently young people are being denied careers advice to help them into employment, apprenticeships and with their educational choices.

Furthermore changes to the provision of careers advice in schools by the Secretary of State for Education means that schools will be responsible for careers guidance with no funding for it and no obligation for face to face guidance.

This Conference believes that these changes are socially divisive and against the overall equality agenda and calls for an end to cuts and gives full support for the building of a careers service for all young people and adults and to build a ‘United Congress of Support’ for careers service and for Unison to continue to support Connexions/Careers members at every level through National, Regional and Branch support.