Youth Services

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Labour, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans she has to increase funding for local authorities to deliver (a) the provision of youth workers on a long-term basis and (b) other core youth work.

Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Local Councils are directly responsible for allocating public funding to youth services in their area. We believe they are best placed to know what is required in their communities.

The government has announced that following the Spending Round councils will receive the biggest year-on-year real terms increase in funding for almost a decade. The proposed settlement will increase the core spending power of local authorities in real terms by an estimated 4.3% to £49.1 billion in 2020 to 2021, an increase of £2.9 billion.

To support the provision of youth services for all young people, a public call for evidence was opened on the 3rd October, as part of the review of the guidance which sets out the statutory duty placed on local authorities to provide appropriate local youth services. We expect that the review will provide greater clarity of Government’s expectations, including the value added by good youth work.

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