Youth Offer (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
February 20, 2008
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Some smaller groups ' I was talking to one in Peckham yesterday ' think it has gone a bit quiet at the moment but I accept what you are saying; that there is more information to be published. There are some councils ' and I am thinking of one in my patch, Southwark ' which are in a financial mess. Southwark is currently cutting £30 million from its budget, including closing a children's museum. Can you go into more detail about how is the monitoring being done to make sure that there is not any displacement funding and that the Youth Offer money goes on to additional activities? I think that is something we are all keen to see, that there is growth rather than the money disappearing to fill deficits.

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Answer

Answer for Youth Offer (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Youth Offer (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Jeff Jacobs [Senior Adviser, Regeneration and Business Planning, GLA] is leading for me on this area and I will talk to him about how rigorous that monitoring is going to be. I think it is quite bizarre that at a time when Southwark is making those sorts of cuts they have incurred £500,000 of costs by non-determination of the planning application for the Potters Field sites and are now threatening to fight a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), which they are bound to lose, having left that lying fallow for so long. It would be better to have less political posturing and legal challenges against me and getting on and looking after their local people.