THE Cheshire branch of the Community and Youth Workers Union is staging a rally on May 10 in opposition to recommendations by Cheshire County Council Conservative Executive to outsource its youth service.

The full Council considered proposals to transfer control of youth services from the authority to career guidance company Connexions in February. Strong opposition from Labour and Liberal Democrats resulted in a hung council vote and the issue will now be re-examined on May 17.

The union launched its Save Cheshire Youth Service campaign in response to the proposal, and has planned the rally at Rudheath Youth Centre, Gadbrook Road, with a view to raising awareness and getting the recommendation thrown out.

"We have grave concerns about the proposals as we believe outsourcing the youth services will lead to a fall in services and a loss of services," a union spokesperson said.

The rally, which starts at 7.30pm, will feature a variety of speeches from union leaders and political party representatives. MP's, country councillors and borough councillors have been invited, and members of the public are welcome.