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Government to support youth groups

Scouts, guides, police cadets and other youth clubs are to be set up in deprived areas as part of a £10 million scheme to improve life chances and cut crime.

The groups are usually found in leafy suburbs and shire counties, but ministers want to bring them into inner cities.

A joint initiative between the Government and Youth United - an umbrella organisation for uniformed bodies - is to see some 2,700 volunteers trained to lead 400 groups in locations across England such as Hackney, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Middlesbrough.

The intention is to provide 10,000 more places for youths, including offenders, disruptive schoolchildren, children in care, and the unemployed.

According to The Times, Communities Minister Andrew Stunell is due to announce details of the initiative in Tottenham, where riots started last summer.