The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has provided a policy statement, “Volunteering and Work Capability Assessments” to answer questions from volunteers and welfare benefit claimants which the published guidance<https://www.gov.uk/guidance/volunteering-and-claiming-benefits> on GOV.UK doesn’t appear to address.
WCVA and our UK Volunteering Forum partners (NCVO, Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer NI) are anxious to understand whether the policy statement reassures people. Colleagues at Volunteer Glasgow are working with us to conduct a survey of people directly affected. We will use the findings to inform our policy work with the DWP to ensure there is clear guidance for volunteers in the context of collective efforts to reduce inequalities in volunteering participation.
If you would like a copy of the DWP policy statement and can encourage the people you know that might be affected to complete the survey, please register your contact details now (no later than 27th March): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezjrVm7Kgc0UXNe-8bSTzhUzP3T30WQ3w8LgF-WsbTmMr7RA/viewform
Volunteer Glasgow is collecting and analysing survey responses with the support of the UK Volunteering Forum (NCVO Volunteer Now, Volunteer Scotland and WCVA) and in partnership with the Third Sector Interface (TSI) Scotland Network