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Voluntary Work

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has commissioned on the effect of volunteering on an individual’s speed of return to employment; and if he will make a statement. (227946)

A holding reply was sent on 17 October 2008.

We are in no doubt of the important role that voluntary activity in the community can play in helping unemployed people to keep in touch with the labour market. Voluntary work can also provide benefit recipients with skills and experience that may improve their chances of finding paid employment.

Recent research has looked at volunteering in the context of mandatory options in the new deals, including “The Longer Term Impact of the New Deal for Young People” (DWP working paper 23, 2008) and changes to benefit rules related to volunteering, “Volunteering and Availability for Work: An evaluation of the change to Jobseeker’s Allowance regulations” (DWP working-age research report 190, 2004).

Copies of these reports have been placed in the library.