Skip to main content

Youth Work

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 159010, tabled on 25 April 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the level of (a) demand and (b) funding required for detached youth work to support young people in the community.

Answered on

28 April 2022

Local Authorities have a statutory duty to allocate funding to youth services in line with local need, including detached youth work. This is funded from the Local Government settlement, which was over £12 billion last year. DCMS are currently reviewing the guidance associated with the statutory duty.

The Government recognises the vital role that youth services and activities play in improving the life chances and wellbeing of young people. The Government has committed to a National Youth Guarantee: that by 2025, every young person will have access to regular clubs and activities, adventures away from home and opportunities to volunteer. This will be supported by a three year £560 million investment in youth services, reflecting young people's priorities and addressing the inconsistencies in national youth spending, with a firm focus on levelling up.

Named day
Named day questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.