Volunteering and DWP Welfare Benefits

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) - Office of the Scotland Work Services Director - has been working with Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) and local Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) to ensure that social security claimants, local benefits office staff and local volunteer advisors are clear about the rules concerning volunteering.

A new partnership agreement and up to date DWP guidance aim to synchronise the local support and information provided to people (by Third Sector Interfaces and Job Centre Plus offices) about volunteering.

At a time of on-going UK welfare reform implementation and the devolution of some social security powers to the Scottish Parliament, it is increasingly important that guidance and support for claimants is up to date, clear and consistent.

Download the guidance.

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