Government ponders expanding National Citizen Service to Scotland

Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, tells parliament that discussions are being held with the Scottish government

National Citizen Service
National Citizen Service

The government is considering expanding the National Citizen Service to Scotland, according to Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society.

During Cabinet Office questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Stephen Metcalfe, the Conservative MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, asked Wilson how he intended to increase the availability of the programme across the whole of the UK.

Wilson replied that his "officials are in discussions with the Scottish government to explore the possibility of a pilot in Scotland".

Asked to provide further details about the possibility of expanding the scheme to Scotland, a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: "The offer of a National Citizen Service pilot has been made to Scotland as it was also made to Wales and Northern Ireland. Discussions with Scottish government officials around the National Citizen Service are still in the early stages."

She said she had no further information at this stage.

The NCS, which involves 16 and 17-year-olds taking part in projects that include community work, a physical challenge and a residential placement, was launched in 2010 and is already running in England and Northern Ireland.

The Cabinet Office said in June that it would run a pilot of the NCS in Wales this autumn, supported by £300,000 of funding from the department.

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