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Youth Opportunity Funds

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex have participated in projects funded by youth opportunity funds and youth capital funds in each of the last two years. (116548)

The Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) and the Youth Capital Fund (YCF) were announced in the Green Paper “Youth Matters” and have been available to local authorities from April 2006. A total of £115 million is available for both funds over the period 2006-08.

Definitive data on participation across England will be available at the end of this financial year. The data that we have so far shows that more than 9,000 young people have been involved in making decisions about how the two funds are being used, and that around 24,000 have been involved in developing and submitting bids for the funding.

A combined total of £509,128 is available for YOF and YCF in East Sussex for each of the two years during the period 2006-08.

In East Sussex YOF funding has been administered by seven funding panels; five borough and district panels (allocating funding within their area) and two specialist panels (allocating funding to targeted groups). Over 80 young people have been involved in local panels. 12 young people from Eastbourne have been involved in their local panel. Three of these young people have also been involved in the YOF countywide steering group.

To date around 115 YOF/YCF projects have been approved in East Sussex including over 30 from Eastbourne. The range of projects is diverse and will benefit a wide range of young people including those who are disadvantaged, but detailed information on the number of young people involved is not available until the end of the financial year.

A full report summarising Year One activity in East Sussex will be prepared by the local authority in February, and they have indicated they would be happy to provide a copy of the report.