Petition to: Save Hounslow Youth Counselling Service (HYCS) From Budget Cuts

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Hounslow Council to Save Hounslow Youth Counselling Service (HYCS) From Budget Cuts. More details

Petition update 6 from the council, 21 February 2011

The agenda for the Borough Council meeting on 1/3/11 has now been published on-line and can be found at

Petition update 5 from the council, 17 February 2011

A hand written petition has also been submitted by the petition organiser which contains an additional 445 signatures. These have been added to this on-line petition.

Petition update 4 from the council, 10 February 2011

Tuesday 1st February 2011 - PRESS RELEASE

Council works with residents to minimise
cuts to services

- Majority of youth services to be retained
- Street cleansing services to be fully maintained
- Library savings postponed
- Community halls savings also postponed to develop plan

Hounslow Council has announced it intends to minimise cuts to frontline services after residents offered their views in the public budget consultation. Nearly 7,000 residents completed the consultation, which offered people in Hounslow the opportunity to share their views on the council services they felt needed saving the most after central government cut funding to the borough by £60m over four years.

As a result of public views, the council’s Executive has put forward revised proposals that would ensure youth centre activities in Hanworth, Hogarth, Southville and the Hub will remain open and fully functional, with scaled-down savings taken from administrative roles instead. Street cleansing services will also be retained in their entirety after residents declared how much they valued these services, with 58% disagreeing with the proposal to reduce levels.

The public response to libraries was also positive, with 57% of residents wanting to retain all the sites. As a result of the public budget consultation, Hounslow Council has proposed that immediate savings can be delivered by deferring some book purchases, minimising the risk of library closure. In the meantime, a more specific library consultation is underway which will inform the longer term strategy.
Following the consultation, the Executive also recommended that cuts to community halls were delayed. This will allow detailed options for transferring the halls to community groups to be developed.

The full list of proposals, including the revised options, will be put forward to the meeting of executive members on 8 February at the Civic Centre in Hounslow, with the final budget decision being made by all councillors on 1 March.

Cllr Jagdish Sharma, leader of Hounslow Council said: “The near 7,000 responses we received were vital in helping us to make the tough choices about where we can save money after central government cut £60 million from our budget over the next four years.

"The strong responses offered about a number of the necessary savings proposals have shown us areas where our residents simply don’t want to see cuts or a reduction in services. We are committed to listening to the people of Hounslow and making sure your views are heard and these services are protected as much as possible.

“I wish we didn’t have to make these cuts to services, but the response we have received from residents has been staggering. I would like to thank each and every person who returned the form and let you know your views have been heard and we are trying our hardest to protect the services which clearly matter to you.

“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable residents in Hounslow, and with the public’s help I believe we can do this, despite the huge cuts to government funding we are faced with.”

Petition update 3 from the council, 02 February 2011, while petition was still open

This petition will be presented to Borough Council on the 1st March 2011. The agenda for this meeting will be published at least 7 days before the meeting is held and can be found at the following web address:

Petition update 2 from the council, 26 January 2011, while petition was still open

Please note, that as well as these petitions being presented to Borough Council, they are also being forwarded to the relevant departments to inform the wider consultation process.

Whilst the formal consultation period has closed, departments and Councillors have been informed of your petition so that discussions can take place well ahead of any final decisions being made on cuts.

Councillors and departments are being updated regularly on the number of people of who have signed up to this position and will be advised of the total signatories once the position has closed.

Petition update 1 from the council, 25 January 2011, while petition was still open

This petition is the same as a petition on the ipetitions web site. There is no need to sign this petition if you have alreday signed the other one, as names from both petitions will be put togther and be presented together.

More details from petition creator

I call upon Hounslow Council and the Government to abandon any plans to delete the council-funded proportion of Hounslow Youth Counselling service (HYCS).

Posts at Hounslow Youth Counselling Service(HYCS) are under threat of being cut under local budget cuts, as one of 8 services facing up to £857.1k cuts in funding, this means a total shut down, or huge cut in funding to a valuable FREE service supporting vulnerable young people living, working or studying in the London Borough of Hounslow.

You can view the proposed cuts here, where you can also have your say in the decisions if you have not done so already;

HYCS offer one-to-one counselling for young people aged from 11 to 25 inclusive. Welcoming young people from all sections of the community and do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, race, religion.

Counselling services across the local borough are already buckling under pressure with long waiting lists and an increasing demand for such services, as a service user I urge you to sign and help save this much needed service.

Current signatories

Saskia Szokolovics, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Linda Eversley
  • Bruce J Biege
  • Chantelle Yearwood
  • Sarah Vass
  • N Rozario
  • Susan Armitt
  • Stephanie Mildenhall
  • Gill Young
  • Rebekah Burrow
  • Jennifer Pitt
  • Jeremy Pitt
  • Noreen
  • Sally Strutt
  • Paul Eagleton
  • Cyrus
  • Kareen Barnett
  • Joy Harrison
  • Sunil Misra
  • Clifton Gage
  • Bakari Fofana
  • carol burt
  • Emma Yates
  • katherine groves
  • Jennifer Tapsell
  • Clare McDonald
  • Julie Royle
  • Kerry Vineer
  • Tatiana Vojtasova
  • Sue Hampson
  • Lorraine Pull
  • Neema Morjaria
  • Zaynab Al-Hussaini
  • Gill Grant
  • Jane
  • Kelly Atkinson
  • Kwan Lam
  • Ramiz Ibrahim
  • Lynn Murray
  • Kulvinder Lal
  • joshna ganger
  • Jenna Robinson
  • Esther Angel
  • Michele and Andrew morphitis
  • Rosalie Callway
  • Sue Telkamp
  • 445 offline signatures