Morgan Inquiry 'a waste of time'

The Government's inquiry into barriers to young adult volunteering was unnecessary and ignored major sector organisations, according to charity Worldwide Volunteering.

Peter Sharp, director of the charity, said the Morgan Inquiry had "major failings". The research, published last week, recommended that the law allowing people on benefits to volunteer should be clearer, and that employees should be given one day off each year to volunteer (Third Sector Online, 2 June).

"The inquiry merely repeated some essential recommendations of the Neuberger Commission, including the recognition of volunteering as a legitimate job-seeking activity," he said.

Sharp also criticised the inquiry's recommendation that youth volunteering charity v should be a single point of reference for young people interested in volunteering.

"This ignores the vulnerability of government-funded ventures to changes in political and economic situations," he said. "The third sector is there to provide services that the state cannot."

Worldwide Volunteering is a non-profit organisation that provides information, including a database, to make it easier to volunteer. It was not among 46 organisations that gave evidence to the Morgan Inquiry.

A spokesman for the Morgan Inquiry said responses were invited from as many groups as possible and that the deadline for responses was extended by a month to give everyone a chance to respond.

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