The Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd has published a wide range of measures to encourage more people to volunteer and to make it easier for people to run charities.
The Red Tape Task Force spent nine months examining the myriad of rules and regulations which put people off giving their time and money to good causes and stifles the volunteer and charity sector in the UK.
The steps taken to make it easier for people to volunteer include:
- a “Volunteer Code of Good Practice” stating that volunteering is not a generally risky activity and setting out simple guidelines that will reduce any risk there might be;
- guidance from the Association of British Insurers on ‘How to run an event’ giving volunteers advice on how to arrange appropriate insurance;
- ABI’s “Volunteer Driving – The Motor Insurance Commitment” which has encouraged insurers not to charge additional premiums for volunteer drivers. 66 insurance companies have already signed up, covering over 90% of all drivers. Women’s Royal Voluntary Service has over 10,000 volunteer drivers alone; and
- new legislation the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 will improve the “portability” of CRB certificates so that people can volunteer using the same certificate.
Unshackling Good Neighbours and the “One Year On” progress report to Lord Hodgson can be accessed at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/unshackling-good-neighbours.