Volunteer rights inquiry is delayed

Six month extension for report by Volunteering England

An inquiry into the rights of charity volunteers has been extended because evidence-gathering sessions showed it was more complicated than had been anticipated.

The inquiry, organised by Volunteering England, was set up in November to investigate cases in which volunteers felt they had been mistreated. It was originally expected to produce a final report this spring that would suggest ways of resolving disputes between charities and volunteers.

A Volunteering England spokeswoman said: "When we gathered the evidence, we realised this was a bigger issue than we had thought, so we will continue looking at it. We want to examine some of the issues that have been raised in more detail."

Volunteering England will produce an interim report this spring outlining the evidence gathered so far, and a further report about six months later that will suggest ways of resolving disputes.

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