This Commons Library Briefing Paper has been prepared for the remaining stages of the National Citizen Service Bill [HL] 2016-17 on 15 March 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 was introduced in the House of Commons on 14 December 2016.
The Bill had its second reading on 16 January 2017 where it received cross-party support. It was considered in Public Bill Committee on 24 January 2017 where a number of drafting and technical amendments were moved by the Government.
The Bill will have its remaining stages in the House of Commons on 15 March 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 would extend to England and Wales but would only apply to England.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7853
Author: John Woodhouse
Topic: Voluntary organisations