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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department allocated for youth work in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12 and (c) 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.
The Department does not allocate funding specifically for ‘youth work’ and disproportionate costs would be incurred to attempt an analysis as no precise definition exists.
However, the Department's policy and delivery responsibilities have a number of direct interventions on ‘youth work’ to help counter youth unemployment, to deliver opportunities for young people to develop the skills for apprenticeships and sustained employment, to provide opportunity for training and to support and develop young entrepreneurs. Working in partnership with the Department for Education and the Department for Work and Pensions, these activities offer significant support to young people and are a key aspect of cross Government policy. In addition, the Department's higher and further education policies help provide a robust framework in which young people can learn.