Local youngsters miss out on national funding

The new Prime Minister has announced a boost for England’s youth sector through a £40 million Youth Investment Fund (YIF) – helping give young people the best start in life so they can go as far as their talents will take them.

Local voluntary youth groups will be able to bid for a share of the funding, which builds on the Prime Minister’s commitment to building a country that works for all through creating opportunity and developing individual potential.

However, why am I not surprised Northamptonshire has been left out of this windfall? It’s available for groups working with disadvantaged youngsters all over the country from Cambridgeshire to Coventry, and from Norfolk to Somerset but not for us.

I have already been contacted by a local Youth Organisation who are in need desperate need of funding who had hoped they’d be able to put in a bid, but unfortunately not!

I presume they have chosen areas of need but surely if this is a national scheme, all areas should be treated the same and the need of each individual scheme be accessed on its own merits. It’s not as if we don’t have need locally.

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