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Stoke-on-Trent City Council plans to axe ‘essential’ teen pregnancy team

21 Jan 2021
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Cuts leave working families, young mothers and children without community support

Stoke-on-Trent City Council plans to axe its teenage pregnancy team as part of its 2021/22 budget.

The STAR team, which stands for Sex, Teenagers and Relationships, is a team dedicated to providing confidential help, support and advice to the vulnerable children of the community.

The team of 6 has been supporting children across Stoke-on-Trent since 2007 and employs 6 workers, including a reintegration officer that assists young mothers, but has faced drastic cuts in recent years.

Kirsty Hackney, GMB Regional Organiser:

“Stoke-on-Trent is one of England’s most deprived areas, chopping the legs out from underneath young mothers and children is heartless.

“By sacking valuable workers, the council is creating long-term problems that will be very expensive to fix.

“Rather than attacking its own essential workforces, Stoke-on-Trent City Council should be investing in the people they’re supposed to serve.

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