Government wants charities’ views on future of youth sector funding

Charities are being asked to take part in a consultation on the future of government support for the youth sector.

The government’s current investment includes funding the National Citizen Service as well as youth volunteering and local sports and arts groups initiatives.

But it is reviewing these programmes and is seeking the views of those working in th sector to “inform our policy on support for young people outside of school and help decide what we fund”, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

An ‘engagement pack’ for youth organisations has been published for youth organisations to take part in the consultation, which closes on 7 March.

The consultation includes next steps for the NCS programme as well as a Youth Investment Fund, a Conservative Party 2019 general election manifesto commitment.

Issues include government’s role in backing youth services. It also asks “with limited funding, what would you prioritise for youth provision over the next three years and why?”

Another issue is the role digital has to play in delivering youth services and the role of youth volunteering.

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