Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Department of Health and Children
Question 239: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the expenditure on the youth services budget in County Mayo from 2002 to date in 2009; if she will commit to minimising the impact of the cuts to the youth service budget on young people and youth services in Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7645/09]
With regard to funding for youth work services in County Mayo from 2002 to 2009, this information will be provided to the Deputy separately. As the Deputy will be aware, the youth sector has received considerable financial support over recent years. While this funding has allowed for some expansion in the sector, there has been a growing emphasis on consolidation of services. It is intended that the 2009 Youth Affairs budget of over €48m will continue to focus on supporting existing youth programmes and services for young people. I wish to assure the Deputy that every effort will be made to minimise the impact of the reduction in funding available to the youth sector.