Community Assets Programme

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 6th February 2008.

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Photo of Phyllis Starkey Phyllis Starkey Labour, Milton Keynes South West 11:30 am, 6th February 2008

If he will make a statement on the scope of the community assets programme.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The £30 million community assets programme aims to empower communities by providing grants to improve public assets so that they can be transferred to community ownership. The need for the programme was established following extensive consultation with the third sector on its priorities.

Photo of Phyllis Starkey Phyllis Starkey Labour, Milton Keynes South West

My constituency in Milton Keynes has a pressing need for more youth facilities. Will the Minister explain whether it would be possible for young people in the community to be actively involved in the groups putting forward bids for these community assets?

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

I can give my hon. Friend the good news that young people or youth organisations will be able to bid for these resources if they wish to run some sort of youth provision of their own in the community. I have further good news for her: the Bill on unclaimed assets that is currently going through Parliament will release a huge amount of resources so that in every community across the country, young people will have new facilities, new centres and new opportunities to create social enterprises that will meet their own needs and the wider needs of the local community.