Lib Dems: get kids involved in sector

More children and young people should be encouraged to get involved in the voluntary sector, according to the Liberal Democrats' new voluntary sector spokesman.

Norman Baker MP, who was appointed Cabinet Office spokesman during Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell's recent reshuffle, told Third Sector that the future of the voluntary sector was dependent on bringing in more youth.

"Without the third sector, society would unquestionably be poorer, and this is why it is important that we look to develop innovative ways of encouraging children to become more involved in voluntary work in their communities," he said. "Only by encouraging young people to become active citizens will we create the conditions for a thriving third sector in years to come."

Baker said the Lib Dems were in favour of charities delivering public services, as long as they did not start to replace the state.

"The third sector cannot be expected to replace the state or compensate for its shortcomings," he said.

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