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.”
We strongly advise you to look at gov.uk/guidance/volunteering-and-claiming-benefits (opens in new browser tab/window) where many of your additional questions have been answered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
In addition, the DWP have provided a policy statement (new in 2021) on Volunteering and Work Capability Assessments: please contact us and we’ll send you a copy.
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 since 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 and the remaining questions are now answered by the new 2021 policy statement on Volunteering and Work Capability Assessments.
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.
- DWP refresh their guidance and publish it on gov.uk (July 2019) – what happens next?
- New DWP guidance on volunteering to be published next week (16th February 2017) in partnership with Voluntary Action Scotland and with the assistance of Glasgow’s Poverty Leadership Panel and Trust Volunteering Inverclyde
- Legacy 2014 – clarity needed over welfare benefits and volunteering (5th June 2014 – download this news release – PDF document)