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Neighbourhood Wardens: Young People

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding is being provided to local authorities to run junior neighbourhood wardens in 2007-08; (176750)

(2) what guidance has been given to local authorities on setting up junior neighbourhood wardens schemes;

(3) what police and school records children must have in order to be eligible to become a junior neighbourhood warden;

(4) what the recommended minimum age is at which an individual can become a junior neighbourhood warden.

Junior warden schemes have developed in some areas as part of existing neighbourhood warden initiatives.

Funding for warden schemes has now been pooled within area based grants. Local authorities now have flexibility to spend these resources in whatever way they see fit to deliver their local area agreement outcomes. Information is not collected at the centre about the number and type of schemes that are being supported through area based grants.

Communities and Local Government (CLG) has not issued specific guidance on how junior warden schemes should be set up and managed, however the action plan for community empowerment, which CLG published jointly with the Local Government Association in October 2007, included a case study of the Rochdale junior warden scheme, illustrating how young people can make a positive contribution to their communities.