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Youth Services: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what schemes funded by her Department can be applied to by organisations that help young people in the community; (173468)

(2) what support her Department has given to voluntary organisations that work with young people in the community in each of the last five years.

Communities and Local Government (CLG) is committed to supporting work to improve outcomes for young people. In October 2007 we published an Action Plan for Community Empowerment: Building on Success, with a key theme of empowering young people to shape their local services. Examples of current initiatives include the Young Advisors scheme which trains young people aged 15 to 21 to act as consultants to ensure the views of young people are considered in local authority decisions affecting them.

The total departmental budget comprises support from specific programmes in addition to support through generic schemes such as the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and Supporting People. Many of these programmes support organisations that work with young people. The level of support through these programmes for the voluntary and community sector is not held centrally. We estimate that our specific funding programmes for the voluntary and community sector over the last five years have provided support totalling:

Estimated total (£ million)

2003-04

21.5

2004-05

26.5

2005-06

29.5

2006-07

32.5

2007-08

29.5

Information about any future funding schemes will be posted on our Department's website.