To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost per young person is of the National Citizenship Service programme.
5 April 2017
The January 2017 NAO report stated that the National Citizen Service (NCS) cost £1,825 per place for the 2015 programme. This figure took account of both provider costs and NCS Trust costs.
The recently published independent evaluation of the 2015 programme took a different approach and focused only on provider costs. For the summer 2015 NCS programme, this cost per place was £1,620.
We recognise that, as the programme continues to expand, there is a need to focus on reducing the overall unit cost of NCS to drive better value for money. This will continue to be a key focus for the DCMS and the Trust as the programme grows.