National Citizen Service providers will charge up to £80 per person next year

Eleven out of 29 will charge fees and four more will charge refundable deposits, according to civil society minister Nick Hurd

Nick Hurd
Nick Hurd

About half the National Citizen Service pilot project providers next summer will charge young people up to £80 to take part, according to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

He gave the information in a written answer to a parliamentary question by Catherine McKinnell, the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North.

Eleven of 29 providers will charge fees or expect participants to find sponsorship to take part. Another four will charge refundable deposits.

The further education institution New College Nottingham will charge the highest fee, £80, to take part in the scheme. The Challenge Network, the largest provider, will charge £35 a place.

The Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade will request the highest deposit – £50; the education charity Envision will ask for £20.

Two other providers, the Partnership Network and Petroc, have yet to say how much their deposits will be.

Hurd revealed that pilots will take place in 95 per cent of upper-tier local authority areas in England next summer.

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