Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Charities

Treasury written question – answered on 11th May 2020.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the staff of charities can participate in voluntary fundraising activities for their employer while furloughed under the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme.

Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if employees of charities furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can participate in fundraising activities.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The purpose of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is to support people who would otherwise have been made redundant. To prevent fraudulent claims, the Government has made it clear that individuals cannot work or volunteer for their organisation.

This is to protect individuals too; if workers were allowed to volunteer for their employer, the employer could ask them to work in an effectively full time way while only paying them 80% of the wages. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is working with other government departments and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to identify areas where volunteers can contribute to the COVID-19 response.

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