Young People: Greater London

Home Department written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) universal and (b) targeted funding her Department has provided to youth groups in London in each of the last five years.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

The Home Office has invested funds in a wide variety of universal and targeted services to develop positive activities to improve outcomes for young people, as well as targeted youth crime and antisocial behaviour prevention activities for young people most at risk.

The Home Office has provided funding in the last three years to 21 London-based Positive Futures projects. The total Home Office funding provided to this collection of projects was £2.5 million for 2006-07/08 and an additional £1,274,680 in this financial year.

Disaggregated information on funding specifically to London-based Positive Futures projects in 2005-06 and 2004-05 is not available.

In addition, in May 2004, the Home Office launched the Connected Fund, which has to date held six funding rounds of small grants for local community organisations working to tackle gun and knife crime. Details of the projects funded can be found on the website:

www.connected.gov.uk

Total funding under this funding stream to date is £1.75 million and approximately half of which went to London based organisations.

Also across Government the Department for Children Schools and Families fund a wide range of universal and targeted youth groups.

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