National Citizen Service allocated £63m in first two years

Volunteering scheme is third-largest Cabinet Office expenditure item, says Business Plan Quarterly Data Summary

Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has allocated £63m to fund the National Citizen Service scheme in its first two years, new figures show.

The department’s Business Plan Quarterly Data Summary, which outlines its overall spending levels, says it will spend £63m on pilot projects for the scheme in 2011 and 2012. In November, the Cabinet Office told Third Sector it had earmarked only £15m for the 2011 pilots.

The document says the National Citizen Service programme, under which school-leavers will spend six weeks volunteering during their summer holidays, was the Cabinet Office’s third-largest item of expenditure in the last financial year.

It says the project came behind a £99m electoral registration programme and a £77m national cyber security programme on the list of the department’s largest projects.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said the £63m had been allocated from the 2010 spending round and was an "indicative maximum figure" for the cost of the scheme. The final cost would become clear once a commissioning process for providers of the 2012 pilots had been completed, she said.

The document also shows the Cabinet Office spent £4.5m on contracts with the voluntary sector and handed out almost £170m of grants to it in 2010/11.

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