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Voluntary Service (Young People)

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funding he is making available to encourage gap year voluntary service by young people. [102010]

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills has allocated £5 million of the Spending Review 2002 settlement for the Young Volunteer Challenge scheme to promote volunteering for 18–19 year olds from lower-income backgrounds. Through this scheme, young people will receive a weekly allowance of £45 and a lump sum end of experience award of £750 to support them during a period of full-time voluntary activity.