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SURVEY OF YOUTH SERVICE WILL HELP SHAPE ITS FUTURE

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Education and employment minister George Mudie has welcomed ...
Education and employment minister George Mudie has welcomed

publication of the first government audit of local authority youth

services.

Mudie said the report, 'England's Youth Service - the 1998 Audit,'

prepared by the National Youth Agency and commissioned by government,

would help frame the future direction of the Youth Service and a

consultation document to be issued by the department later this year.

Mudie said:

'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

in it.

'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.

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