The government plans to expand the number of places available on its National Citizen Service to 150,000 in 2016.
The announcement was made by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as part of today’s spending review.
He confirmed that the number of places on the scheme would increase to 90,000 in 2014, as already announced, and then to 120,000 in 2015 and 150,000 in 2016.
NCS brings together 16 and 17-year-olds from different backgrounds in England and helps them to take part in community projects.
A spokeswoman for the Treasury said that it was not able to say how much extending the scheme would cost.
Last year the Cabinet Office, which runs the scheme, said that it would cost up to £110m to roll out the scheme to 90,000 young people in 2014 – the equivalent of £1,222 per place. Based on those figures, the scheme would cost £183.3m to run in 2016.
No one from the Cabinet Office was available to comment.