Voluntary Work: Remember under JSA and Universal Credit you can do it 35hrs full-time

“This doesn’t mean there’s a limit on how much voluntary work you can do. You can do as much voluntary work as you like and still get Universal Credit.”
From: How much time do you usually have to spend looking for work?

Under Universal Credit if someone is volunteering for 35 hours per week and the Jobcentre requirement is to look and prepare for work for 35 hours, this requirement can be reduced by 50% to 17.5 hours, not the voluntary work. [1]

Volunteering and benefits
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

The following type of comment is incorrect:


You are allowed to do voluntary work under the universal credit rules but you can only volunteer for a maximum of half the hours you are expected to look for work in a week – for example you can volunteer for 17 and a half hours if you are expected to look for full time work of 35 hours a week.”
http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/print/204 (accessed 5/12/13)


[1] “Therefore, Universal Credit advisers will be able to reduce a claimant’s expected hours to up to 50% in order to accommodate voluntary work. However, the claimant is not restricted to the number of hours they wish to do. This relevant deduction for voluntary work is relevant for claimants of Universal Credit or the new-style Jobseekers Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance under the Jobseekers Allowance regulations 2013 and the Employment and Support Allowance regulations 2013. ” [emphasis added]
From: DWP FOI request – Received 16 February 2013 – Published 25 March 2013

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