Question and Response:
Please provide the following information, where data is available, regarding youth services budgets and provision. For each year since 2011/12 (or the earliest available data) until 2018/19, your council’s:
Q.1 Overall budget for youth services;
A1. 2011/12 - £1,006,960
2012/13 - £1,026,940
2013/14 - £1,041,430
2014/15 - £1,088,460
2015/16 - £1,052,880
2016/17 - £896,470
2017/18 - £926,320
2018/19 - £665,120
Q.2 Number of youth centres supported by the council;
A.2 Since 2009 Northumberland Youth Service has directly managed four centres (Alnwick, Ponteland, Prudhoe, Morpeth). Other bases for provision are directly managed by schools such as academies and the voluntary sector. Formal arrangements are in place for the Youth Service to operate in these centres. Since 2016 the youth block at Morpeth reverted to school control reducing this number to three.
Q.3 Number of full-time equivalent council-employed youth service staff/workers;
A.3 2011/12 - Unavailable
2012/13 - Unavailable
2013/14 - Unavailable
2014/15 - 35.85
2015/16 - 31.30
2016/17 - 28.88
2017/18 - 27.63
2018/19 - 20.45
Q.4 Number of places for young people in youth services.
A.4 NorThumberland Youth Service has operated since 2009 on the principle of open access and does not limit the number of young people who can come to one of its sessions. The only exception may be if to admit any more proved to be a health and safety issue.
Q.5 The number of youth centres or major youth projects in your area that have closed since 2011.
A.5 No centres have closed as a direct result of cuts to youth centres. Those that have ceased to operate have usually had different reasons:
Ashington - Hirst High School - Became an Academy
Ashington - Ashington High School - Site demolished to form new building.
It is worth noting that we now operate out of two alternative Ashington sites to replace this.
Beacon Hill - Failed due to management issues
Newbrough - The decision was made to shut this session as attendance was so low.
Morpeth Youth Block - Due to change of use by the school.
Q.6 Any confirmed spending for youth services for 2019/20 and any anticipated youth centre closures.
A.6 The estimated budget for 19/20 is £671,440. There are no anticipated youth centre closures.