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Youth Facilities: Coventry

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to improve youth facilities in Coventry. (257704)

The Government have allocated a total of £185,300 per annum over the period 2008-11 to the Youth Capital Fund (YCF) in Coventry local authority. YCF empowers young people by giving them control over funding decisions for new facilities in their area.

Coventry is also receiving an additional £452,000 in 2008-09 via the Youth Capital Fund Plus which will deliver a significant new facility in a neighbourhood with a high level of deprivation, crime and antisocial behaviour.

In December 2008 Coventry and Warwickshire YMCA received £1.5 million from the Youth Sector Development Fund to develop a programme aimed at engaging young people involved in gangs, antisocial behaviour and crime in positive activities.

In addition, since April 2008, all local areas have had the opportunity to bid for funding for world-class youth facilities through the Government's £202 million myplace programme.