More than 100 public sector jobs in Birmingham have been saved after Birmingham City Council withdrew plans to make further cuts to the Connexions service.

Workers at Connexions in the city had been set for the axe as a result of funding cuts, but have been granted a reprieve after the council suspended making any more cutbacks.

Public sector union Unison said that while the move was not a complete climb-down, as the decision is subject to further savings being made and monitoring, it has been welcomed by staff.

Unison convenor Charlie Friel said it was also welcome for some of the most vulnerable young people in Birmingham who use the services.

Connexions provides help and careers advice to young people who are unemployed and are looking for work, college or training, as well as guidance to young homeless people, pregnant teenage girls and teenage parents.

Mr Friel said: “During the last 18 months we argued all along that to make cuts to this vital service when youth unemployment is at an all-time high and is still rising, it would be morally wrong, reckless and irresponsible.

“We have also lobbied our senior council officials, councillors and MPs, saying that cutting this service was counter-productive for everyone`s future and didn’t make sense.

“We felt forced into industrial action strike action on a number of days last year, and now finally, we are pleased to say that Birmingham City Council has listened.

“This is really good news. It’s a victory for our members, it’s a victory for common sense, but, most importantly, it’s victory for the young people of Birmingham.”