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Youth Offending Initiatives (Funding)

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much of the £500,000 allocated in June 2005 to fund individual support orders has been spent; (78400)

(2) how many youth offending teams have submitted plans to the Youth Justice Board for 2006-07 which include provision for individual support orders in the budget; and what guidance he plans to issue to the Youth Justice Board on plans which do not include such provision.

[holding answer 21 June 2006]: The £500,000 allocated in June 2005 was available to the Youth Justice Board (YJB) until 31 March 2006 to fund individual support orders (ISOs) delivered by local youth offending teams (YOTs) to support juveniles with antisocial behaviour orders. 31 applications for funding in respect of ISOs have been received by the YJB for a total of £62,000 to 31 March 2006.

As part of their plans for using the £45 million prevention budget for the period to March 2008, seven YOTs have included specific schemes for ISO interventions. All YOTs, however, are required to support interventions in support of ISOs whether or not there is a specific scheme. Such support may be delivered through another programme being funded through an allocation from this budget, such as a youth inclusion programme or a youth inclusion and support panel, or it may be provided through an existing programme. The use of ISOs is being actively promoted by the YJB and the Home Office, as an aid to helping YOTs fulfil their role in tackling antisocial behaviour, and action is in hand to ensure a better uptake.