LIVERPOOL’S poorest children will receive £40-a-month pocket money under a new scheme to get them off the streets.
About 1,000 teenagers are eligible for the trial project and can use the allowance to pay for leisure activities like cinemas, sports centres and other approved clubs.
It is hoped the £1m plan will improve youngsters’ behaviour and have a positive impact on their performance at school.
The scheme, Empowering Young People, will be open to children aged 13-16 living in areas such as Everton, Kirkdale, Norris Green, Toxteth, Speke and Garston.
They will be given a smartcard, similar to the 08 card, which will be regularly topped up with credit.
Youth workers will keep an eye on how often they use the cards. Youngsters will be allowed to save up their credits to pay for more expensive outings if they want.
Cllr Colin Eldridge, executive member for leisure, said: “When you speak to teenagers hanging around on street corners, they always say there is nothing for them to do.
“They will only be allowed to spend it on certain leisure activities, but if they want to go swimming, they will be able to.”