Youth services funding and provision

Robert Booth made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Caerphilly County Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 267 authorities

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Sir/ Madam

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

1. From 2018 to date, please provide by year a list of the council operated or funded youth centres which have operated in your borough including:

a) whether they opened or closed during each year (permanently rather temporarily eg. because of Covid)
b) whether they were fully or part-funded
c) the annual council budget for each youth centre each year
d) number of full time equivalent (FTE) staff for each youth centre each year
e) number of children and young people served per youth centre per year

2. From the Covid lockdown on 23 March 2020 to date how much time was each youth centre open and how much was it closed?

3. From 2016 to date, please provide, by year, the council's overall budget for youth services

Yours faithfully,

Robert Booth

WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

1 Atodiad

Thank you for your recent FOI / EIR request. Please find attached an acknowledgement for this request.

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WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

2 Atodiad

Dear Robert Booth

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your request for information received 4^th August 2021. We
have considered your request and enclose the following information:

 

1.    From 2018 to date, please provide by year a list of the council
operated or funded youth centres which have operated in your borough
including:

 

Please note all sites below were open from 2018 -

 

Aberbargoed

Bargoed

Welsh club

Wednesday club

New Tredegar

Abertysswg

Fochrhiw

Deri

Rhymney

Cefn Hengoed

Ynysddu

Risca

Crosskeys

Trinant

Pantside

Crumlin

Chill club

Blackwood

Llanbradach

Machen

Graig-Y- Rhacca

Bedwas

Lansbury Park

Basement Youth clubs

 

a)    whether they opened or closed during each year (permanently rather
temporarily eg. because of Covid)

 

From 2018 until 23^rd March 2020 all Youth centres were open from
September to March in the evenings.

 

All Youth centres were physically closed from March 23^rd 2020 but all
youth workers from the Youth centres continued to work and engage with
young people via detached street based work, phone calls, through virtual
platforms such as zoom, teams or through collating and delivering activity
packs, care boxes, etc. to young people. After the initial lockdown (23^rd
March 2020) and prior to the second lockdown (23^rd October 2020) we
managed a low number of centre-based sessions following strict guidance on
cleaning, numbers who could attend and following COVID risk assessments.

 

Please note that all youth centres remain closed with the occasional
exception pending Education post-lockdown guidance.

 

b)    whether they were fully or part-funded

 

Fully funded

 

c)    the annual council budget for each youth centre each year

 

Please see attached

 

d)    number of full time equivalent (FTE) staff for each youth centre
each year

 

Please see attached

 

e)    number of children and young people served per youth centre per year

 

This type of recording has only recently been introduced and as a result,
we unable to report on the historical request. However, on Average between
20 to 60 young people attend each youth club per session. Youth clubs are
open access so each session the numbers attending can change. This was
obviously different during 2020 due to COVID.

 

2.    From the Covid lockdown on 23 March 2020 to date how much time was
each youth centre open and how much was it closed?

 

All Youth centres were physically closed but all youth workers from
continued to work and engage with young people via detached street based
work, phone calls, through virtual platforms such as zoom, teams or
through collating and delivering activity packs, care boxes, etc. to young
people.  All are still closed with occasional exception pending Education
post-lockdown guidance

 

3.    From 2016 to date, please provide, by year, the council's overall
budget for youth services

 

2016/17          £1,511,007

2017/18          £1,439,375

2018/19          £1,417,829

2019/20          £1,337,097

2020/21          £1,278,688

2021/22          £1,281,073

 

Please note that this expenditure excludes expenditure from Welsh
Government grants and the allocation of central costs.

 

However on this occasion we cannot supply all the information you have
asked for. In respect of the remainder of your request,  we can confirm
that the Council holds information falling within the description
specified in your request, but we are refusing to supply this information
under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the
appropriate limit of £450 for local government, which is specified in the
Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limits and Fees)
Regulations 2004.  Therefore we are refusing to supply this information
under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

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