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Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister

Foreign Office minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan has suggested that parents could face fines if their children refuse to participate in the Conservative Party’s proposed national service program. Rishi Sunak, recently announced plans to reintroduce a “mandatory” scheme for 18-year-olds, requiring them to either join the military or dedicate one weekend per month to community service.

Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister

The proposed “new version” of National Service would offer two options for school leavers: a 12-month military placement or community volunteering. While the specifics are yet to be finalised, the government aims to establish a clear framework through a National Service Act, similar to compulsory education and training until age 18.

Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister

Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister

When asked about potential prosecution for parents whose 18-year-olds refuse to sign up, Minister Trevelyan stated that detailed policy decisions would be addressed by a royal commission program. However, she emphasised that employers might take into account a young person’s participation in National Service when evaluating future employment prospects.

Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister

The Prime Minister has championed National Service as a means to foster a “renewed sense of pride in our country.” Although Labour dismissed the proposal as a “ridiculous gimmick,” the plan includes limited exemptions and even expects young royals to participate. Additionally, ministers are considering fast-tracked routes to graduate schemes and the Civil Service for those who complete the year of National Service with the military.

Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister

As the debate continues, the potential impact on families and young adults remains a topic of discussion. Whether National Service becomes a reality will depend on the outcome of the upcoming general election.

Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister

Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister
Parents Could Be Fined If Children Refuse National Service, Suggests Minister

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