April 12, 2009
The Prime Minister said a pledge to introduce compulsory community service would be included in Labour’s next general election manifesto.
[efoods]Under the scheme, the work – which could include helping out charities in the UK and abroad – is likely to become part of the National Curriculum. It would be integrated into moves to make everyone stay in education or training until the age of 18 by 2011.
Writing in the News of the World, Mr Brown insisted: “It is my ambition to create a Britain in which there is a clear expectation that all young people will undertake some service to their community, and where community service will become a normal part of growing up in Britain.
“And, by doing so, the contributions of each of us will build a better society for all of us.”
He went on: “That would mean young people being expected to contribute at least 50 hours of community service by the time they have reached the age of 19.