The Big Q

Angie Lawrence – Single mother
If credits for these cards can be activated by good
attendance via parents and school, then they can motivate as well
as provide youth with more positive ways of occupying their spare
time. I agree that poor behaviour should result in the card being
withdrawn. My concern would be the complexity of running such a
project – not an easy task.

Kierra Box – Young people’s activist
I love the idea of rewarding young people for becoming responsible
citizens. But it seems counter-productive to remove these cards
from those engaging in antisocial behaviour, particularly as this
often begins due to a lack of local services. Why not use this
money to subsidise youth services as a whole rather than deprive
those in need?

Shaun Webster – Change self-advocacy group

To my mind they should put more than £12 a month on these
cards as that’s just peanuts. I give my kids £5 a week each
and it doesn’t go far. As for taking them swimming or bowling – it
costs a fortune. If the authorities are really serious about
stopping kids getting into trouble they are going to spend a bit
more money.

Joan Scott – Inspired Services
I think the cards are a good idea but as for parents
topping them up – not when they’re counting every penny they won’t.
Children get into trouble because they are bored stiff so I wonder
if we need to look at bringing back national service as a way
keeping them off the streets and out of trouble. I live in a rural
area and I think it is worse than in the cities.   

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