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Youth Services: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been allocated by his Department to improve youth facilities in each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12; what projects will be funded; and if he will make a statement. (201074)

The Department has committed new investment of £190 million over the next three years to deliver world class facilities through the “myplace programme” delivered by the Big Lottery Fund. The allocation in each of these years is: £45.4 million in 2008-09; £114.6 million in 2009-10; and £30 million in 2010-11.

DCSF is also continuing baseline funding of £26.5 million per annum over the next three years via local authorities for the Youth Capital Fund (YCF). We set out in the Youth Task Force Action Plan a further £22.6 million in 2008-09 to enhance this fund to benefit young people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and estates.

Our vision is that DGSF capital investment drives a system wide transformation in the way places for young people to go are planned and delivered; particularly in the role and influence of young people and the level of genuine cross sector partnership working.