Government proposals for employees to receive three days of volunteering leave are to go ahead, the Minister for Civil Society confirmed in a recent speech.
We put at the heart of our manifesto a commitment to 3 days of paid volunteering leave for employees in large organisations. Many companies do this already but we’ll make this a reality for more people – a new entitlement for millions which will unleash a new wave of skills, capability and passion to help others.
Every public sector worker and anyone working in a company with at least 250 employees would be entitled to the volunteering leave.
Third Force News states that this will be done by amending the Working Time regulations to make clear people are entitled to 28 days’ paid holiday and three days’ paid volunteering or serving as a school governor.
The Minister for Civil Society also said:
I want to instil a lifelong commitment to volunteering among young people. So we will substantially grow National Citizen Service and intensify support for Step Up To Serve’s #iwill campaign, providing increased youth social action opportunities to encourage a lifetime habit of volunteering.