Youth Services: Local Government Finance

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper PPS (Mr Ben Bradshaw, Minister of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding in real terms his Department and its predecessors have provided to Lancashire county council for youth services in the last 10 years; how much of that sum was spent in West Lancashire constituency; and what percentage of the allocation to Lancashire county council that represents.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

Local authorities in England are not allocated money specifically for youth services. It is up to local authorities to decide how much of their overall funding they wish to allocate to youth services based on their own individual needs and circumstances. However, the following table includes how much Lancashire LA has budgeted for youth services in each of the last nine financial years (budget data are not available prior to the inception of Section 52 for the 1999-2000 financial year). Financial data on youth services are collected at a local authority level and as such we are unable to say how much of Lancashire's budgeted funding for youth services has been spent in the West Lancashire constituency.

Budgeted net expenditure by Lancashire LA on youth services
Cash terms Real terms
1999-2000 7,192,000 8,549,000
2000-01 7,610,000 8,918,000
2001-02 7,532,000 8,620,000
2002-03 7,884,000 8,750,000
2003-04 8,067,000 8,700,000
2004-05 9,440,000 9,908,000
2005-06 10,014,000 10,288,000
2008-07 12,772,000 12,772,000
2007-08 12,251,000 11,865,000

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