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Government cuts put Young Farmers Clubs under increasing pressure

Government funding cuts have put increasing pressure on Young Farmers Clubs (YFC), leaving some in Wales fearing for their future.



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Government cuts put Young Farmers Clubs under increasing pressure

Within the county of Meirionnydd, the YFC movement could lose grant funding worth about £20,000 each year.

 

Gwynedd County Council, which provides the cash through its Youth Service, is faced with a £270,000 funding shortfall.

 

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ the county could lose this vital lifeline, adding the service the movement provided was ’invaluable’.

 

FUW president Glyn Roberts said Meirionnydd YFC used the money to employ a full-time county organiser and without such a role, most YFC activities would come to an end.

 

"We understand councils across Wales are under immense pressure due to funding cuts, but the service the YFC movement provides is invaluable,” said Mr Roberts.

 

“The work they do in helping and supporting young people to become successful farmers, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens, cannot be praised enough.


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“This potential funding cut serves as another example of knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing.”

 

Gwynedd Council said it was consulting on its Youth Service offering and urged people to respond to a public consultation regarding plans for its future.

 

Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Youth Service, said: “Like many other public services, the council faces a difficult financial situation.

"We presently support 39 traditional youth clubs in communities across the county, as well as providing annual grants to the Urdd, Eryri YFC, Meirionnydd YFC, Guides and Scouts at a cost of £995,300 a year.

 

“But because of significant cuts to public services by the Westminster Government over recent years, we will have £270,000 less to spend in these specific areas.

 

“This is why change is inevitable and we would encourage everybody who has an interest in this area – young people, their families, people who deal with youth organisations and others – to have their say.”

 

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