publication of the first government audit of local authority youth
Mudie said the report, 'England's Youth Service - the 1998 Audit,'
would help frame the future direction of the Youth Service and a
consultation document to be issued by the department later this year.
'This report shows a wide variation in the quality and quantity of
youth service provision throughout the country. To a certain extent
that is not surprising given the varying population density of young
people in our villages, towns and cities.
'The government places the interests and well-being of young people
high on its agenda and has already committed considerable resources
to its policies for young people through areas such as new deal,
welfare to work and investing in young people. This report shows the
youth service is making a positive contribution to the quality of
life for large numbers of young people, through traditional youth
work and, increasingly, outreach and detached work.
'It is for the local authority to decide from its total budget the
amount of money it provides for each of its services including the
youth service, taking into account local needs, priorities and the
views of its electorate.
'It is also up to each local authority youth service to convince its
local decision-makers that it provides value for the money invested
'This government would like to place the youth service on a stronger
statutory footing, but first, all interested parties will have to be
fully consulted on its future direction. We shall be asking through
the consultation document on the future of the youth service, and
services to young people more generally, what the service can or
should do most effectively in the future, how the service should be
targeted and how we can best encourage the local authority and
voluntary youth services to work together in imaginative and
innovatory ways for the benefit of young people. The youth service is
an integral part of lifelong learning, as confirmed in our Green
Paper, The Learning Age.'
- England's Youth Service - the 1998 Audit, is available from the
National Youth Agency Tel: 0116 285 6789.