I issued the following press release on 09.03.2006
BIRMINGHAM GETS £2.9M
FOR YOUTH TO SPEND
Last December, in the pre-budget report, Gordon Brown announced the setting up of a young people’s fund to help provide more activities for our young people. At the time, local MP, Lynne Jones welcomed the announcement that the money would be managed by the Council but the decisions on how to spend it will be taken by young people themselves and asked questions about how much Birmingham would be getting. This week, the Government has announced how much money local authorities across the country will get.
The MP said: “I am delighted at this week’s announcement that Birmingham will get £2,928,394 for the 2006-2008 ‘Youth Opportunity Fund’ and ‘Youth Capital Fund. This money is of a scale that can really make a bid difference.
Young people will have a central role as decision makers and grant givers, project leaders and participants. This will encourage more young people to become active citizens as well as giving them the resources to create better facilities and the kind activities that young people themselves want”.
Birmingham City Council will be putting out information in due course about how young people can get involved.