To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of youth centres that have closed in each year since 2010 in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK.
12 February 2019
Local Authorities are not required to collect this data and we do not keep the data centrally. Given the contribution of community and uniform youth groups, data on local authority run youth clubs would not give the full picture of provision available to young people.
Alongside this, we are investing significantly in youth organisations in a number of ways including:
* Over 1bn funding available for NCS over this Spending Review period. NCS is delivered via a supply chain network of over 100 organisations, many of which are youth organisations, allowing this funding to benefit communities at a local level;
* Up to £80 million (in partnership with Big Lottery Fund) through the Youth Investment and #iwill funds in voluntary and community organisations that work with young people;
* The £2m Building Connections Fund, in partnership with the Co-op Foundation, which is available to youth organisations helping to support young people to avoid long-term loneliness; and
* We have invested over £750,000 in various youth voice activities, such as UK Youth Parliament, the Make Your Mark youth ballot and groups to involve young people in national policy design.