Mayor announces a brand new £45 million fund to help young Londoners

Tuesday February 13th, 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced that he is creating a brand new £45 million fund to help young Londoners (February 13th).London_5437927XLrg

That’s why the Mayor has listened to Londoners’ concerns and is stepping up to provide funding that local communities and charities desperately need and to help young people fulfil their potential.

Sadiq Khan’s new ‘Young Londoners Fund’ will see £15m invested in each of the next three years, beginning from April.

Of the total new funding:

  • £10 million a year will make up a new fund into which local communities, charities and schools will be able to bid for funds
  • £5 million a year will be invested to scale up existing projects funded from City Hall that are already supporting young Londoners

Sadiq Khan believes these services are vital in supporting and helping to develop young people, particularly those who have been left behind or marginalised, in protecting vulnerable children and young adults and helping them avoid being sucked into crime.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It is shameful that because of this Government’s cuts, youth services across the capital have been decimated. Wherever I go in London, communities tell me that young people need more to do – and I agree. I know from personal experience that for many young people, particularly those from deprived and disadvantaged communities, activities and services for young people offer support at crucial times, have a really positive impact and help keep them on the straight and narrow. It is young people who are more likely to suffer from the national rise in violent crimes and I am committed to helping them.

It is sadly obvious that this Government does not value London’s young people, but I am determined to invest in them – with tens of millions of pounds for activities to support them. No Londoner should be left behind, and this extra money is designed to make sure all young Londoners can make the most of our amazing city. I want to end the scandal of young talent going to waste, and give all Londoners the chance to fulfil their potential.”

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