First mooted under the Youth matters green paper, youth opportunity cards will be given to young people to spend on constructive activities such as sport, theatre or the cinema. Youngsters aged 13-19 are given up to£25 each month, with the most money going to the most disadvantaged.
The cards are seen as a way of keeping young people out of trouble, but also as a carrot to supplement the stick of anti-social behaviour orders. Young people who go on to commit a crime or receive an ASBO will see their privileges withdrawn. But some experts fear this could be counter-productive.