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Access to culture for young people (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

Wealthier families are often able to provide extra-curricular access to cultural experiences for their children, but with UNISON estimating that, between April 2010 and April 2016, £387m was cut from youth service spending across the UK, children from less well off backgrounds are increasingly unable to access the same opportunities. How will your Borough of Culture help to create opportunities for young people where they live?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London has lost more than 100 youth centres since 2011-12 due to Government cuts. In this context, London Borough of Culture is creating constructive opportunities for young people.

In Waltham Forest, all 88 schools were engaged. Eastside Story enabled young people from local estates to explore their potential through theatre. In Brent, the Blueprint Collective involves 82 young leaders in all London Borough of Culture decisions. Seen and Heard, with London School of Economics, helps young people to campaign for inclusive public spaces. VENT, a weekly podcast series with VICE magazine, is made by young people about current affairs that affect them. And the Agency has supported young creative entrepreneurs in Brent and Waltham Forest to run projects improving their local communities.

Lambeth’s Cultural Impact Award, Elevate, is opening up creative workplaces to young people on their doorstep. In Barking and Dagenham, New Town Culture, is creating opportunities for young people in social care through workshops, exhibitions, performances and courses.