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Will volunteering affect my benefits?

The UK Government web site says:

“You can volunteer and claim benefits if:

  • The only money you get from volunteering is to cover expenses, like travel costs.
  • You continue to meet the conditions of the benefit you get.”

Please also have a look at the details available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/volunteering-and-claiming-benefits where many of your additional questions have been answered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The guidance on the gov.uk web site (link above) was originally published by the DWP following a co-design process in Scotland in 2017.  A refreshed version of the guidance has now been published in July 2019 by the DWP for use across the UK.  It answers most of the questions put to the DWP in 2017 in Scotland by people volunteering and claiming benefits.

If you wish to speak with someone in confidence about volunteering and benefits, contact one of our advisers at Volunteer Glasgow.

If you’d like to know more about how we have worked from 2013 with a range of partners and stakeholders to help DWP produce this new guidance – and what we’re planning to do next – please see the news items below.

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