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Dave writes to PM about youth zones

Marton Ainscough, David Whelan and the Prime Minister, David Cameron

Marton Ainscough, David Whelan and the Prime Minister, David Cameron

DAVE Whelan says he has written to David Cameron to ensure he is following up on his pledge to reproduce the success of Wigan Youth Zone across the country.

The Prime Minister opened the facility last year and promised the 77-year-old that he would set up a fund to help build more like it.

However, almost 14 months on, it appears little has been done.

Mr Whelan said: “When David Cameron came, he said he would like these to be developed around the country and he was going to try and get a fund of £40m to 50m to get that going. I wrote to him last week asking where are we up to on this?

“He has now passed me onto one of his ministers and that he will contact me and will deal with it.

“It’s been a phenomenal first year for the Boys and Girls’ Club. The kids are coming in their numbers and it is fantastic.”

Mr Whelan has pointed to cities such as Manchester and Liverpool which could benefit from building more.

He said: “It’s a shame that not more is done in Manchester, Liverpool and other cities to develop more boys and girls clubs like the one Wigan has got.

“There are plenty of people in Manchester to help them, as has Liverpool. Manchester should have two or three.”

 

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