National Citizen Service Bill [Lords]

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 4:02 pm on 16th January 2017.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society) 4:02 pm, 16th January 2017

The points I am making are intended to strengthen and improve the NCS; if we do not make them, it may never change, so I hope the hon. Gentleman will join me in the spirit of seeking to offer constructive criticism to improve what the Government are doing.

Applications in general are below the target set by the Government—they were 13% behind in 2016. That must be addressed, and although the delivery organisations are aware of that, we look to the Government to provide the support that they need to reach more young people. In particular, we encourage the Minister to look again at introducing a specific duty on the NCS to promote the programme to young people from socially excluded backgrounds and explore new ways to reach them.