Youth Services: Expenditure

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th June 2018.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) open access youth work for 13 to 19 year olds, (b) wages for qualified Joint Negotiating Committee youth workers and (c) youth only (i) spaces and (ii) buildings per young person in each year since 2010.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Local authorities are responsible for allocating funding to youth services in line with local need. The Government has made over £200bn available to local authorities to spend on local services over this Spending Review.

The Government is committed to making sure young people have opportunities to develop their skills and participate in their communities. The Office for Civil Society (OCS), now based in DCMS, has spent over £667m on youth programmes and supporting youth service delivery between 2014/15 and 2017/18 - with £190m of that being spent in 2017/18. DCMS does not hold data for spending on youth services prior to 2014 as the department did not hold responsibility for youth policy before this.

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