This Commons Library Briefing Paper has been prepared for the second reading debate of the National Citizen Service Bill [HL] 2016-17 on 16 January 2017.Jump to full report >>
The National Citizen Service
The National Citizen Service (NCS) consists of courses for young people in England and Northern Ireland, mostly aged 16 and 17. The courses take place during school holidays and involve a mixture of activities - adventures, life skills and social action - to encourage young people to engage with their community and develop for the future. The NCS is currently administered by the NCS Trust, a community interest company.
The National Citizen Service Bill [HL] 2016-17
The National Citizen Service Bill [HL] 2016-17 [Bill no. 114] was introduced in the House of Commons on 14 December 2016. It will have its Second Reading debate on 16 January 2017.
The Bill, in combination with a Royal Charter, would place the NCS on a permanent statutory footing. The Bill’s Explanatory Notes state that the Bill:
In addition, the Bill would enable HMRC to send information about the Trust and its work to young people who are eligible for NCS and invite them to take part.
The Bill [HL Bill 64] was originally introduced in the House of Lords on 11 October 2016 where it was welcomed by all parties. However areas of concern included:
The Bill would extend to England and Wales but would only apply to England.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7853
Author: John Woodhouse
Topic: Voluntary organisations