Volunteering on Benefits
Working with the Government, the NCVO have just re-launched guidance for those volunteering on while on benefits
. While a lot of information remains the same there are some changes. It's a good link to keep in case any of your volunteers query it with you. We will be re-launching our website guidance shortly. But the key points:
- You can still volunteer while on benefits
- You can still claim expenses but make sure you keep a record of what was claimed to show it is not a form of income.
- Be upfront with your adviser and let them know you're thinking of / have started volunteering.
- There are no capped hours for volunteering - however, on Universal Credit you will still need to show you are doing other Work Search Related Activity for half of the time.
There is just one small issue with the information that has come to us, and that is it states you can volunteer with "local business". We have queried this with the NCVO and await confirmation on this point.