Government criticised over ‘rushed’ and ‘unrealistic’ £10m fund

Charity experts have criticised a £10m government fund for youth projects, which they say is “rushed” and does not have “a hope in hell” of achieving its aims.

They were reacting to plans for the first phase of the Youth Investment Fund, which were published this week.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is looking for a partner to help distribute £10m to charities working with children and young people in England. This will fund capital projects, and requires charities to complete those projects before the end of March next year.

DCMS acknowledged that both the partner and frontline charities will need to work “at pace”, but sector experts say the timetable means the scheme is unlikely to accomplish the goals set by the government.

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