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The situation does self-regulate

pretty effectively because a charity that is known to discriminate soon won’t have any more volunteers.”

The charities that supported the

CAB in the case had voiced concerns that a change to the legal status of volunteers would undermine the ethos of volunteering, pile costs upon charities and formalise the relationship in a way that most volunteers would not want.

Using Your Car to Volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities

for volunteers that necessitate them to use their own car, but it is important that both volunteers and organisations using volunteers know the rules about insurance and expenses to ensure that everyone stays on the right side of the law. People can find themselves using their car while volunteering for all sorts of reasons, such as travelling to a meeting, buying food for an event, transporting equipment or merchandise to a stall, or collecting fellow volunteers attending a work party.

Volunteers often aren't aware that

using their personal vehicles for volunteering isn't automatically covered by their car insurance. Whilst many insurance companies will count volunteering within the 'domestic, social and pleasure' category (but usually require the car owner to tell them about their


volunteering), others require it to be classified under business miles. "Anyone considering using their vehicle in connection with volunteer work should check the position with their motor insurer," says the Association of British Insurers. "Whether or not the insurer will charge an extra premium, impose any additional terms and conditions, such as a higher policy excess, or require cover to be extended to business use may depend on the exact nature of the activities being undertaken."

The Association of British

Insurers publishes a list of those insurers who undertake, at no additional cost, to insure their policyholders to carry out voluntary driving, that is, the use of a vehicle they own in connection with, or for the benefit of, charities, voluntary organisations, clubs or societies, under set conditions, where payment does not exceed the HM Revenue & Customs mileage rates in force at that time. This does not cover use for hire or reward or vehicles owned by, hired to or lent to the voluntary organisation

These two pieces on Volunteering were highlighted by the Inland Waterways Association (IWA).

We all volunteer one way or another throughout our lives, these bring to our attention two areas of concern. Ed.

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