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Youth Services: Birmingham

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to increase spending on youth services in Birmingham; and if he will make a statement. (162864)

It is for each local authority to decide from within their overall budget how much to spend on the provision of youth services. They have the freedom to decide the best way of delivering while taking into account government policy and local needs. The recent CSR settlement for local government, which included an increase in Formula Grant of 4.2 per cent./3.5 per cent./3.4 per cent. is a very positive one for children and young people’s services. These increases in Formula Grant will enable local authorities to build on 10 years of sustained growth in the area and continue our work on improving outcomes for children and young people. In July 2007 the Government published “Aiming High for Young People: a ten year strategy for positive activities”, with the aim of increasing young people’s access to positive leisure time activities. The strategy is supported, over the 2008-11 period, by £184 million of new money, in addition to £495 million of continuing funding and reinvestment of unclaimed assets.