Young Scot

National Entitlement Card (NEC)

This free electronic smart card gives you access to council services, concessionary travel, discounts and special offers and can be used as proof of age. Ask for the Young Scot logo to be included on your OneScotland National Entitlement card in your application.

In North Ayrshire you can use your card:

  • as a catering card in secondary school and some primary school dining halls
  • to access our library service
  • to get concessionary travel – 1/3 off single bus and rail fares and if you live on Arran or Cumbrae, you can get 2 free return journeys to the mainland every year (for full time volunteers aged 19 to 25 years and young people aged 16 to 18 years). To ask about the travel scheme, email Transport Scotland or call 0141 272 7170.
  • to get Young Scot discounts and special offers in over 1,500 shops and services across Scotland and 80,000 across Europe
  • as proof of age

How can I get a NEC?

Moving to S1

Every P7 child in North Ayrshire will receive a form in Spring. The information on this form must be checked, changed if necessary, signed on behalf of any pupils under the age of 12 and returned to your school by the specified date.

Pictures for the card will be taken at primary school and the finished card will be sent to the pupil’s home address in time for starting secondary school.

Rules & regulations

You’re the only person allowed to use your NEC. It’s not transferable. Allowing someone else to use it is fraud. This may lead to the card being cancelled and your entitlements withdrawn.

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