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Volume 524: debated on Wednesday 2 March 2011

Youth Inclusion Programme (Bristol)

This petition was presented to me after a visit to the Catch 22 project in the Barton Hill area of my constituency, which is the most deprived ward in the city of Bristol, and one of the most deprived wards in the south of England.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Bristol,

Declares that, after nine years of working with the families and young people of East Central Bristol, there is now a real risk that the East Bristol Youth Inclusion Programme will not have its funding renewed; and notes that the Petitioners believe that this cut will have a negative impact, not just on local young people, but also on the wider community.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to ensure that money for preventative work remains ring-fenced, so that young people can be given the necessary support to remain out of the youth justice system, and live fulfilling and empowered lives.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.