Cameron’s government is planning to greatly expand last years flagship National Citizen Service this summer, but will entry fees keep out the very young people who need to serve?
However, teenagers signing up this summer are likely to be charged between £35 and £80, which campaigners fear will effectively price those from poorer backgrounds out of the market.
Margaret Morrissey, founder of lobby group Parents’ Outloud, said: “It is terribly sad that a good idea is born and then effectively taken away from those very people who would be set to benefit the most. Disadvantaged families, already strapped for cash in this recession, are not going to be able to afford to give their children cash to go off on volunteering courses.”
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