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Find your Talent Project: Finance

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £25 million announced for the Find your Talent project on 13 February 2008 will (a) be spent on establishing the Youth Culture Trust and (b) available to local authorities to run projects. (187175)

[holding answer 20 February 2008]: The information is as follows:

(a) The Youth Culture Trust will grow out of the existing Creative Partnerships programme. This programme was already in the process of separating from Arts Council England and establishing itself as an external organisation. The costs of this will be met from the core grant to Creative Partnerships and we are not anticipating using any of the recently announced £25 million for this purpose.

(b) Some costs will be incurred in managing the pilot programme. These are still being finalised at present but our intention is to keep the administration costs to the absolute minimum consistent with successful delivery and evaluation. In addition, there will be some costs involved in auditing the current level of provision and the take up of cultural activities by children and young people.