Hundreds rally overnight to save 'vital' teen pregnancy service

12 Feb 2021
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Outrage as ‘super-efficient’ community service cut whilst more than £8.8 million splurged on consultants since 2019

A GMB Union petition to save Stoke-on-Trent's teen pregnancy service has gathered more than 600 signatures in 24 hours - now more than 800.

The six-person STAR team, which stands for Sex, Teens and Relationships, supports young women with unplanned pregnancies, staying in education and sexual health. One of the workers set to be axed is on maternity leave.

It costs less than £273,000 a year to run, whereas Stoke-on-Trent City Council have splurged more than £8.8 million on consultants since 2019 and are increasing council tax by another 4.99 per cent in 2021/22.

Stoke-on-Trent has the 11th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, and recent figures show it’s rising again.

Kirsty Hackney, GMB Regional Organiser said:

“How can a council that wastes so much taxpayer money increase taxes and chop vital services at the same time?

“Each child in care costs £65,000 a year to look after. If the team saves 4 children a year it pays for itself – and it saves many more than that.

“It’s time to stop filling the bank accounts of contractors and start looking after our own people.

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