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Youth Services

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Government is on target to meet the aim, identified in section 4.2 of Youth Matters: Next Steps, of a London-wide prospectus of summer opportunities; and what steps are being taken to give opportunities for summer activities to teenagers from areas of the country other than London. (137336)

On behalf of DfES, Summer Uni London is developing a website as an online prospectus to highlight the wide range of opportunities available to London’s young people during the summer months, and enable them to sign up for those activities. When the website is launched this summer, more than half of the 33 London boroughs will detail the activities on offer in their areas through that website, and we expect all London boroughs to do so by summer 2008.

In respect of areas outside of London, the Department previously managed the Positive Activities for Young People programme (PAYP) which provided diversionary and developmental activities for young people across the country aged 8-19 during the school holidays. This funding stream passed to local area agreements (LAAs) from April 2007. It is now the legislative duty of all local authorities to provide positive activities in their locality. They are best placed to take decisions according to local need.