Universal Youth Budget - Future of the Positive Activities Subsidy

Along with all local authorities, South Gloucestershire Council is facing intense financial pressure with savings of a further £36 million required by 2019-20. As part of the Council Savings Programme (CSP) the Council has to consider how services are currently provided and find different ways to meet the needs of local people whilst ensuring that every pound of funding is spent wisely and effectively. It is in this context that councillors have asked for a review of the Positive Activities Subsidy that is currently approved until the end of March 2016.


The Positive Activities Subsidy is a grant to support community based organisations to provide a wide range of activities for young people. It has been distributed by the five Local Area Forums to a pre-agreed formula based on the population of young people in that area, levels of deprivation and taking into account administration costs.

Open access youth centre activities, outreach youth work, arts and crafts plus video, film, photography and music projects are all examples of some of the youth activities in South Gloucestershire that have been funded by the Positive Activities Subsidy. Organisations who have taken responsibility for running council owned youth centre buildings have also received varying amounts of Positive Activities Subsidy.

What Happens Next?

As part of the Council Savings Programme (CSP) councillors have asked for a review of the universal youth budget. Council Members requested that consultation takes place to assess what the impact may be of not extending the PAS funding beyond the end of March 2016 whilst keeping funding for the priority neighbourhood and learning difficulties and/or disabilities provision.

South Gloucestershire Council is undertaking a detailed consultation as part of this review and wants to hear the views of young people, their parents and carers, local residents and stakeholders including positive activity providers. Three surveys have also been developed to best capture these opinions. Please see below on how to have your say.

Find out more and have your say

We welcome comments on the review of the Positive Activities Subsidy between 2nd November 2015 and 11th January 2016.

Please take time to read the Consultation Paper that provides more detail on the background to the proposals.

There is also a Consultation Paper for Young People, a Table of Grants Awarded and an Initial Equalities Impact Assessment & Analysis document are also available.

Make sure you complete the online questionnaires:

There is a questionnaire for young people with a prize draw with two prizes of a Sony Walkman Player. Young people can leave their contact details as part of the survey and these will be used solely for the purposes of administering the draw - all other aspects of returned surveys will remain anonymous.

There is also one for parents, carers, residents and organisations or the provider's questionnaire to leave us your views. These surveys are also available to download and print-off via this page.

The Table of Grants Awarded provides more detail on the list of activities that have been funded in each of the three years of Positive Activity Subsidy funding and is for reference whilst completing the questionnaires.

If you are from an organization that may be affected by the proposal, please complete the questionnaire for parents, carers, residents and organisations.

We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council and its partners should consider.

Information is also available from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.

You can find out more or tell us your views by:

  • Completing the young people's questionnaire; including a prize draw with two prizes of a Sony Walkman Player. Young people can leave their contact details as part of the survey and these will be used solely for the purposes of administering the draw - all other aspects of returned surveys will remain anonymous .
  • Completing  the questionnaire for parents, carers and residents or the provider's questionnaire
  • Email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk
  • Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Positive Activities Subsidy Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
  • Phone: 01454 868195

If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about this consultation, please contact us using the details above to arrange.


This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    2 Nov 2015 at 00:00
  • Closed
    11 Jan 2016 at 23:59



Consultation Topic
  • Children and young people
  • Spending and budget
  • Voluntary and community sector issues
Geographical area
  • Almondsbury
  • Bitton
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Stoke Park
  • Hanham
  • Kings Chase
  • Ladden Brook
  • Longwell Green
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Patchway
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Rodway
  • Severn
  • Siston
  • Staple Hill
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Thornbury North
  • Thornbury South and Alveston
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience
  • All residents
  • Children
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • Expert stakeholders
  • General public
  • Neighbouring authorities
  • Parent, carers and guardians
  • Partner agencies
  • Police
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Voluntary and community groups / organisations
  • Young people