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Youth Offending Teams: Finance

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what future funding is planned for youth offending teams; and what change this represents compared with current levels. (157830)

Youth offending teams are local authority multi agency teams made up of five statutory partners: police, probation, social services, education and health. YOTs are funded by these five statutory partners, the local authority chief executive and by the Youth Justice Board.

The existing funding arrangements by probation services will continue for 2008-09 and the options for funding beyond this are currently being explored in light of the new arrangements contained in the Offender Management Act. Probation services will remain a statutory partner in YOTs.

The Youth Justice Board provide a variety of grants to YOTs and decisions on future levels of payment have yet to be made.