Matching Borough Funding for Young People

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/1020
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

On the 3rd of April the Evening Standard reported your commitment that 'the Greater London Authority would match any funding raised by each borough to support young people.' You were speaking in Brent at the time, which has secured £300,000 of funding this year from DfES for their Youth Opportunity Fund and Youth Capital Fund alone. Could you tell the Assembly how much funding is raised by boroughs in London for supporting young people per year and how you propose to raise the money to match this funding?

Answer

Answer for Matching Borough Funding for Young People

Answer for Matching Borough Funding for Young People

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The most reliable data source for spending on youth services is the National Youth Agency audit on behalf of DfES. The fullest set of figures available is for the year 2005/06 when thirty London boroughs submitted returns (the structure of the audit tool makes it difficult to accurately aggregate the sources of additional funding). This revealed that London boroughs raised £19 million through funding streams such as such as Connexions, Drug Action Teams and Positive Activities for Young People, in addition to their mainstream spend of £57.2 million.In the current financial year (2007/08), the DfES will be allocating a total of £21.2m in extra funding to London Boroughs through the Youth Opportunity Fund (£5.1m), Youth Capital Fund (£4.4m) and Positive Activities for Young People (£11.7m). The Positive Activities for Young People budget now goes into the Local Area Agreement, without mandatory instruction to spend this on young people. The GLA already provides much support for young Londoners in this area: free bus/tram fares scheme for all under-18s in full-time education helps young people to access youth services and other leisure, sporting and cultural activities across London. Transport for London also runs a free travel scheme for schools taking pupils to cultural venues and my Young London Website (www.london.gov.uk/young-london) is a key portal for information provision on free activities for young Londoners. My officers are now considering how we can provide additional support to borough youth service to maximise opportunities for young people and I will be discussing with the LDA how to finance this.