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KIDS HANDED BUDGETARY DECISION-MAKING POWER

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A potential windfall is creating a buzz as Southend youngsters decide how they would boost young people's facilitie...
A potential windfall is creating a buzz as Southend youngsters decide how they would boost young people's facilities in town.

Youngsters can now start bidding for cash thanks to funding released from the government's Youth Opportunity Fund.

More than£150,000 is being made available in Southend over two years, so Southend-on-Sea BC's Connexions is encouraging young people to put forward proposals on how they would like to see the money being spent.

It's young people themselves who will decide which bids are successful and how the cash will be allocated. Southend Youth Council have recruited a team of eight from across the borough called 'Fix It' to develop the funding criteria and administer the scheme.

Ruth Majid, Southend Youth Council treasurer and Fix It panel member said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to decide for themselves what activities and facilities they want in their neighbourhoods.'

Tony Cox, Southend-on-Sea's youth champion, said: 'It's really positive that young people can take responsibility for developing their own services in this way. It's important that we listen and respond to young people and help them access the sort of activities they want.'

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