Freedom of Information Team
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
100 Parliament Street
London SW1A 2BQ
Tel: 020 7211 6111
Mr Michael Carroll-Owen
25 February 2021
Dear Mr Carroll-Owen,
Thank you for your correspondence of 15 February, in which you made the following
request for information: Please provide all correspondence in relation to the downscaling of the youth
investment fund from 500million to 13.2 million between the dates on December 2019
and February 1st 2021.
Correspondence = Email Communications, Typed/Written Minutes of Meetings and
All correspondence between PWC (Price Water Cooper) and it's contract and a link to
the tender for administering the fund.
We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). I can
confirm that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) does not have
information within scope of your request. This is because the assertions made in the request
are false. The youth investment fund (YIF) has not been downscaled from £500,000,000 to
£13,200,000. The Youth Covid-19 Support Fund is a £16,500,000 fund that is separate from
the aims and objectives of the YIF.
The £500,000,000 YIF remains a manifesto commitment for transformative levelling up
across the country over the course of the parliament. In the Autumn's Spending Review,
£30,000,000 of the YIF was committed as capital investment for 2021-22. This will provide a
transformational investment in new and refurbished safe spaces for young people, so they
can access support youth workers, and positive activities out of school, including sport and
culture. Further details of the timetable for allocation will be announced in due course.
The £16,500,000 Youth Covid-19 Support Fund (YCSF) opened for applications on 15
January 2021 to support grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national
youth and umbrella organisations, mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter
period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can
remain open. It closed to applications on Friday 19 February 2021.
The funding for the YCSF has come from the £750,000,000 charities support package and
£1,700,000 of this funding has already been allocated to vital youth work qualifications and
Freedom of Information Team Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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