Communities: Charities and Volunteers

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:47 pm on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West 4:47 pm, 13th February 2019

My local council for voluntary service, Voluntary Action Leeds, wrote to me. It said clearly that volunteering is not part of the benefits system, and that people are being sanctioned if they refuse to volunteer. That is not volunteering; it is forced labour. Universal credit is affecting the amount of time that people have to volunteer, so the Government’s own welfare policies are decimating the voluntary sector in this country.