Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywTodd Sharp mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.

Dear National Citizen Service Trust,

Further to your post on LinkedIn regarding the successful visits of MPs to your programmes over the summer, can you please advise:

- total cost of hosting/supporting these visits including all staff expenses
- expected value to young people
- justification of expenditure

Yours faithfully,

Todd Sharp

NCS FoI, National Citizen Service Trust

Ref No:  FOI56

Dear Mr Sharp,

Thank you for your email requesting the following information:

Further to your post on LinkedIn regarding the successful visits of MPs to
your programmes over the summer, can you please advise:

- total cost of hosting/supporting these visits including all staff
expenses
- expected value to young people
- justification of expenditure

We are treating your correspondence as a request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should expect to receive a response
to your request within 20 working days from the day when your request was
originally received, therefore making the deadline for your request
Tuesday 27th September. This deadline may be extended if an exemption is
applied in line with the act, however we will inform you if this is the
case before the original deadline. 

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact us.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications. 

 

Kind Regards,

NCS Freedom Of Information Team

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NCS FoI, National Citizen Service Trust

Ref No: FOI56

Dear Mr Sharp,

Further to the acknowledgement we sent you dated 1st September 2022 we are
now able to respond to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 as follows:

 

Response

Further to your post on LinkedIn regarding the successful visits of MPs to
your programmes over the summer, can you please advise:

- total cost of hosting/supporting these visits including all staff
expenses

There are no additional costs involved when a MP visits a National Citizen
Service (NCS) programme. Additionally, no venues have been specifically
booked, as existing venues are used by our delivery partners, or public
spaces were used for visits. Each season staff members regularly attend
programmes as a BAU activity, whether or not an MP is in attendance. Where
an MP wishes to visit a programme, the relevant staff member(s) have the
option to tie their usual visit into the MP visit for efficiency. 

Based on NCS' systems, there is no way for NCS to distinguish from staff
expenses incurred whilst on an MP-attended programme visit and a visit
that is not, as staff visits are so integral to NCS's activities and are
so commonplace. As a result, the information requested concerning staff
expenses for MP visits is not held for the purposes of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Aside from any staff expenditure, there is no 'cost'
for hosting or supporting these visits. NCS Trust does not fund the MP to
visit the programme. MPs make their own arrangements to attend programmes,
which are usually within their constituency. The MP who wishes to attend
simply observes the programmes and interacts with the young people, with
little to no change in the running of the regular programme. 

- expected value to young people

Political engagement is one of the core activities of the NCS programme.
Political engagement helps young people to feel part of something bigger
by enabling them to explore how they personally can contribute to a
democratic society and become an active citizen. A local MP visiting an
NCS programme can have many benefits, which is why NCS encourages the
government of the day and all local MPs to engage with the programme
whenever they have an opportunity.

The benefits to young people include, but are not limited to, the young
people having visibility of their local MP, raising awareness of the young
people's social action projects with their local MP, Q&A sessions that
mean young people get a chance to ask any questions they have of their
local MP and share their own experiences. Young people may also get a
chance to find out a little more about what it is like to work in politics
from their local MP. Young people are offered a voice to discuss local
issues and they are reminded, for example, about their right to attend
Westminster and speak to their local MP, something many young people are
unaware of. This exposure to whoever the government of the day is, is
crucial for young people to engage in their community and understand that
their voice matters. 

- justification of expenditure

As discussed in relation to your first bullet point, there is no
expenditure that is specific for an MP visit. Staff members visit many
programmes throughout the Summer and Autumn seasons, regardless of MP
attendance, and there are no additional costs of a visit as a result of an
MP also visiting the programme. 

 

 

Next Steps

 

We hope the above response is clear. If you have any further queries
please do not hesitate to contact us on this email address.

NCS Trust is committed to making information available under the Freedom
Of Information Act 2000 and to ensuring that the service it provides for
those wishing to gain access to information is simple, efficient and
effective. If you feel the service you have received does not meet the
legislative requirements please write, giving details of your complaint,
by email to "[1][National Citizen Service Trust request email]".

Your complaint will be fully investigated and treated confidentially by
NCS Trust. If your complaint is about a response to a request for
information, it will be dealt with by a member of staff at NCS Trust who
was not involved in the original decision. An initial response will be
made within 5 working days of receipt of the complaint. A full
investigation and any decision will be made and conveyed to you within 20
working days. If we are unable to deal with your complaint within this
timeframe we will inform you and let you know the reason for the delay.

 

If your complaint is upheld you will be notified of what action will be
taken. If the complaint is not upheld you will be given a reason for the
decision. If NCS Trust does not deal with your complaint to your
satisfaction, you are entitled to refer your complaint to:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office

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Cheshire

SK9 5AF

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Yours sincerely,                                               

The NCS Trust FOI Team

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywTodd Sharp mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.