Voluntary organisations

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on voluntary organisations. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

21.12.2015The National Minimum Wage: volunteers and interns
National Minimum Wage: volunteers and interns
20.11.2015Funding for charities and other voluntary organisations
Funding options for the voluntary and community sector.
14.08.2015National Citizen Service
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a voluntary programme open to 15 to 17-year-olds. It is designed to encourage personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication. The NCS runs outside of term time in spring, summer and autumn and involves a number of phases: induction events; team activities; and time away from home developing a social action project to help the community. More than 135,000 young people have now participated.
13.08.2015The voluntary sector and the Big Society
An overview of the Big Society and the role of the voluntary and community sector.
30.07.2015Charities and the voluntary sector: statistics
Statistics on the size, income and activities of the voluntary sector. Includes data on social investment, National Lottery funding, charitable giving and rates of informal and formal volunteering.
29.01.2015Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Progress of the Bill
This is a note on the progress through both Houses of Parliament of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (the Bill). It complements Library Research Paper 14/38 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
08.07.2014Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill
The Coalition Agreement included a commitment to encourage volunteering and involvement in social action. The Government intends that the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill will help to fulfil this commitment by reassuring volunteers (and others) that the courts will consider the context of their actions in the event that they are sued for negligence or breach of statutory duty.
19.05.2006The Compensation Bill
03.03.2004Promotion of Volunteering Bill (Bill 18 2003/04)
Promotion of Volunteering Bill. (Bill 18 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/21.

Lords Library Notes

30.10.2014Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (HL Bill 47 of 2014-15)
The Social Responsibility, Action and Heroism Bill (the SARAH Bill) sets out various factors that the court 'must have regard to' in determining the steps a defendant was required to take to meet a standard of care in claims for negligence or breach of statutory duty.
14.11.2013Debate on 21 November: ResPublica Report 'Holistic Missions Social Action and the Church of England'
This Library Note provides an overview of the main arguments of the ResPublica report and provides broad context to some of the issues and themes raised in it.
26.11.2010Debate on 2nd December 2010: philanthropy. LLN 2010/029
Debate on 2nd December 2010: philanthropy. House of Lords Library Note 2010/029

Select Committee Reports

17.06.2009Building the capacity of the third sector.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that trade unionists undertake 100,000 hours of unpaid voluntary work per week; further notes that they have been described as the workplace wing of the Big Society; ...
That this House congratulates the Corstorphine Dementia Project's Tea Time Club on being awarded the first Degge Ridge award from the Royal London Foundation; notes that this year's ...
That this House congratulates Rotary International clubs in the United Kingdom on the centenary of Rotary in Britain; believes that Rotary clubs throughout the British Isles have provided ...
24.11.2011BIG SOCIETY
That this House notes that not one Government Minister gave a full answer to the parliamentary written question on when they undertook their Big Society One Day Challenge and the nature ...
That this House notes the excellent work carried out nationally by youth services in giving young people positive experiences; recognises the value to youngsters of being able to share ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses