Today the Chancellor announced a £500 million investment over five years from April 2020, to invest in local youth services.
Youth sector chief executives, including Rania Marandos, CEO of Step Up To Serve, welcomed this announcement, saying:
“Having worked collaboratively across the sector for the past year, we welcome today’s announcement of a Government offer for young people. We hope this much-needed investment will form the cornerstone of a long-term strategy for young people which spans departments right across Government and drives meaningful cross-sector collaboration. It is the start of recognising the value that youth services bring to our communities. It’s vital that this investment reaches a wide variety of providers across these diverse communities so it benefits the most young people.
“Long-term investment in young people means a brighter future for our country. It’s now important we make this announcement a reality. We stand ready to work with young people and Government departments to develop concrete proposals and a clear timeline.”