Urban Areas: Children and Young People

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making funds available for the purposes of investing in high streets with amenities and space for children and young people.

Photo of Dehenna Davison Dehenna Davison Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

We want to see vibrant towns and high streets that are more attractive places to live, work and visit. This is central to our levelling up agenda.

Our £3.6bn Towns Fund is investing in amenities across the country that will benefit children and young people. For example, the £9 million Youth Zone in Crewe will have 13 high spec equipped spaces including large-scale sports hall and multi-use 3G pitch, as well as other facilities for young people.

Our £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund continues to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life for residents across the UK. One key investment theme of the fund is regeneration and town centre investment. Applicants have been encouraged to submit bids which focus on bringing accessible community spaces into town and city centres.

The £2.6bn UK Shared Prosperity Fund was allocated to all areas of the UK and empowers places to identify and build on their own needs at a local level. Local places are free to choose a range of interventions to support, this includes specific funding to support the improvement of town centres and high streets.

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