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In April 2019, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the development of a new Youth Charter to set the vision for young people over the next generation and beyond. It aims to give young people a voice in decision making, and reaffirm the Government’s commitment to youth policy.
In April 2019, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the development of a new Youth Charter to set the vision for young people over the next generation and beyond. This included £500m of funding, allocated through the Youth Investment Fund, for youth work services. However, as of December 2020 this funding has not been delivered. The funding was due to be released to services in April, however, this was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Speaking on the first day of the CYP Now’s Youth Work in the 2020s conference in November 2020,Leigh Middleton, NYA chief executive, said: “Young people need that funding now”.
The global pandemic has had a significant impact on youth work and youth work services in England. The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.
In November 2020, UK Youth announced a £2million COVID relief fund of grants of up to £50,000 to be awarded to small youth organisations based in England which have been hardest hit by the impact of Covid as part of the government’s £750 million package of support for charities.
Also in November 2020, the government announced an emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of grassroots and national youth organisations across the country. The Youth Covid-19 Support Fund, which will be open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, will help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open. The funding will be allocated from the Government’s £750 million package of support. More than £60 million of this package has already been provided to organisations working with vulnerable children and young people.