Keep Volunteering Voluntary! Add your church or charity

This week, the government launched a new scheme that treats unemployment as a crime and unemployed people as criminals. Many people out of work for two years will be forced to carry out unpaid work full-time for six months for a charity, faith group or other voluntary group. This is more than twice as many hours as the maximum community service sentence. Their benefits will be slashed if they fail to take part.

For this scheme to work it requires the participation of the voluntary sector. Over 100 charities, unions, faith groups and other voluntary organisations have already signed up to Keep Volunteering Voluntary, condemning forced labour and saying they will take no part in it.

Please sign up your charity, church or other group to this simple principle. From national organisations to small local churches, all signatories are sending an important message. Thank you.

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One response to “Keep Volunteering Voluntary! Add your church or charity

  1. Hang on… so in order to get money (benefits) people will be forced to do work they don’t want to do, otherwise they don’t get money?

    But that sounds exactly the same as what I do Monday to Friday. I go and do work I don’t want to do and in return I am given money. And I wouldn’t expect to be given the money if I didn’t do the work.

    I’m really not seeing the problem here. If there’s work that needs to be done, and there are idle hands sitting around, why not put the two together? It sounds like a perfect anti-unemployment policy.

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