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Statement from The Challenge relating to NCS

We have released a statement today relating to NCS.

A spokesperson for The Challenge said: “On July 31, the NCS Trust issued a statement regarding 2020 contracts for NCS provision and The Challenge.

“We were surprised to see this public statement as it relates to an ongoing negotiation between our two organisations as to how we may be able to resolve certain issues in order that we can continue to provide first-class, value-for-money NCS provision.

“The Challenge remains committed to the values of social integration through the provision of NCS to young people across the UK. It is important and necessary work.

“The Challenge will continue to seek resolution with the NCS Trust, in consultation with DCMS and HMT. We will keep all staff, partners and suppliers fully updated as this process evolves and thank them for their continued support and hard work.”