To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to increase participation in public life among younger age groups.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched three new youth voice projects in February 2019, to enable young people to have a say in national policy making: a Young Commissioners and Inspectors Group, a Civil Society Youth Steering Group and a digital youth engagement research project. DCMS also provides funding for the UK Youth Parliament, Youth Select Committee and Make Your Mark ballot which support young people to raise issues on local and national levels. The £40 million #iwill Fund, a 4 year joint investment between DCMS and The National Lottery Community Fund, supports the creation of new opportunities for young people to volunteer and engage in their local communities. The National Citizen Service (NCS), a voluntary social development programme for young people, is helping to build a more responsible, more cohesive and more engaged society. NCS participants have dedicated over 12 million hours of volunteering to their local communities.