Compulsory National Civic Service – cure for ‘Broken Britain’ or unfair waste of resources?
NLGN Summer Debate Series, 23 August, 2011

Recent rioting and lawlessness in some of Britain’s major cities has led to renewed calls for the establishment of a scheme for compulsory national civic service, with school-leavers participating in some compulsory work that will benefit the community.

Proponents of this idea highlight such a scheme’s ability to bring together disparate communities across the country whilst instilling some much needed social responsiblity into young people.

Detractors however point out the potential expense of a compulsory scheme and suggest that forcefully enrolling participants will be both unfair and potentially counter-productive.

Below we’ve outlined two diametrically opposed view-points on this debate.

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