Staff at careers advice service Connexions are to hold a protest at a surgery of Birmingham City Council's deputy leader Paul Tilsley.

Union members under threat of redundancy will protest against cuts to the youth service at Coun Tilsley's surgery on Wednesday (February 1) in Sheldon.

Unison rep at Connexions Charlie Friel said: ""We will challenge Paul Tilsley by asking him why he's slashing jobs and services in Connexions when youth unemployment is higher than it's ever been.

"In this city we have some of the highest youth unemployment in the UK, well over 30% in some areas, yet his party is making disgraceful, unjustified cuts in the very service that could help get unemployed youngsters off the dole queue and back into work."

He added that staffing at Connexions in Birmingham had been reduced from almost 300 in June last year to what will be 80 in May this year.

Connexions offices in Erdington, Handsworth, Aston and Kings Heath have been closed, with plans to close offices in the Northfield and Yardley.