Voluntary Organisations: Redundancy

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have been made redundant from voluntary and community organisations in each week since January 2020 for organisations where there were (a) more and (b) less than 20 redundancies.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

The Government does not hold this information:

  • Employers are required to report their intention to make over 20 redundancies at any individual establishment to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State. Proposed redundancies do not always become actual redundancies, and may be prevented through restructuring or sale of the company.
  • The Government’s Redundancy Payments Service pays redundant employees when the employer has either demonstrated financial difficulties or is insolvent. Therefore, not all redundancies made are recorded.
  • The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes used to categorise business activities is not required for the Redundancy Payments Service. Only 9% of employers on their records have a logged SIC. Therefore, they cannot identify redundancies within the voluntary or community organisation SIC.

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