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'Pleasing' response to National Citizen's Service plan

The government is "really pleased" with the response to its plans for a National Citizen's Service, MPs have heard.

During question time on 20 October 2010 Cabinet Office Minister Nick Hurd said the government had received a high number of bids for the scheme which will offer 10,000 pilot scheme places to teenagers next summer.

The youth service, a Conservative manifesto pledge, is aimed at getting 16-year-olds more involved in their community.

It is designed to foster new skills with tasks including a social action or community project and an outdoor challenge.

"I think the National Citizen Service is going to be an extremely important opportunity to... connect young people with their own power to make a difference in their communities", he told MPs, adding that the pilot scheme in Hammersmith had had a "transformative effect" on those involved.

Labour has described the plans as "modest" and "unambitious".

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