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Are youth clubs missing out because of National Citizens Service.

Are youth clubs missing out because of National Citizens Service.

Millions of pounds of is being spent on the government's flagship citizenship scheme for young people while local youth clubs are closing, councils say.

The National Citizen Service, a four-week summer scheme for 15 to 17-year-olds - accounts for 95% of central government spending on youth services.

But the Local Government Association said only 12% of eligible teens took part in 2016.

The government said the service has improved 400,000 young people's lives.

Launched by former Prime Minister David Cameron - who now chairs its board of patrons - in 2011, the service cost the government £634m between 2014/15 and 2017/18.

    

The government said it was investing another £80 million on youth projects.

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