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Voluntary Work: Young People

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Substitute Member)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the effect of charging for National Citizen Service places on the take-up of places by children from low-income backgrounds in 2011.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

During the 2011 pilot of National Citizen Service, some pilot providers requested small contributions or deposits from participants. Many providers supported participants to fundraise this amount. All National Citizen Service pilots included bursaries or support schemes to ensure that young people/families without the means to contribute were able to participate.

The independent evaluation of the first National Citizen Service pilot by NatCen is currently examining a range of factors impacting on recruitment, including the effects of charging for National Citizen Service places. Findings will be made available in due course.

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