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National Citizen Service contracts announced - 13 September 2012

A consortium that includes Serco, the private sector services firm, has won the largest number of regional contracts to deliver the government’s National Citizen Service in 2013 and 2014.

The NCS Network, which includes Serco and the youth charities Catch 22, the National Youth Agency, vinspired and UK Youth, won six of the 19 regional contracts available.

Overall, eight organisations have won contracts to run the government’s National Citizen Service until 2014. The eight winning bidders will share a contract pot worth £200 million and operate in 19 regions across the UK

The selected lead organisations are:

  • The NCS Network - led by Serco (operating in 6 regions)
  • Football League Trust (operating in 1 region)
  • Inspira (formerly Connexions Cumbria) (operating in 1 region)
  • Lincolnshire & Rutland Education Business Partnership (operating in 1 region)
  • New College Nottingham (College) (operating in 1 region)
  • Petroc (College) (operating in 2 regions)
  • The Challenge Network (operating in 5 regions)
  • Reed in Partnership (operating in 2 regions).

In total, 73 charities and voluntary and community sector organisations will be involved with delivering NCS locally, it said, along with 18 local councils, 29 education providers and five education and business partnerships.

Under the terms of the contracts, providers will receive 75 per cent of the payments in advance of delivery of the programme, with the remaining 25 per cent of the payment based on performance. Of the £200 million to be spent on the programme by the government, £190 million will go on programme delivery and £10 million will be spent on administrative costs.

Last month, local infrastructure body Navca raised concerns about the involvement of Serco in the NCS Network, arguing that it could potentially cherry-pick the easiest cases and leave the more difficult ones to charities.

For more information see the Civil Society Article.