Services for Young People

Services for Young People

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In this report the Education Committee warns that extending the National Citizen Service (NCS) offer to all 600, 000 16-year olds could have a price tag in excess of Ap350 million each year even if only 50% of young people take part. This would make it more costly than the entirety of youth services currently provided by local authorities. Instead, the Committee calls for the NCS to be retained but become a form of accreditation for existing schemes which meet the Government's objectives. The report criticises the Government's failure yet to outline a youth policy or strategic vision for the sector. It says that youth services are suffering disproportionate cuts and that the Government should be prepared to take action to ensure that local authorities meet their statutory obligations. The Committee finds that evidence on the effectiveness of youth services is lacking and calls for more effort by government and service providers to help guide local authorities on where best to spend scarce resources. Youth services cannot be immune from public spending cuts and the sector must make better use of non-public forms of funding, including charitable, philanthropic and private sources.and support services, thought that a€œuniversal provision often fails to have impact on disadvantaged young peoplea€ and ... 133 Ev w288 Ev w211 Ev w56 See, for example, Ev w342 [Linda Jack]; Ev w377a€”378 [Integrated Youth Support Service , anbsp;...

Title:Services for Young People
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Education Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2011-06-23

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