Promotion of Volunteering Bill in Parliament
Hi every body... I've forwarded this from another list because this truly does effect anyone arranging or taking part in public events and it needs our support.
Please feel free to send it to your friends
Subject: Promotion of Volunteering Bill
I know most of us are opposed to the idea of being sued.
There's a bill going to The House in the near future to suggest that people running events for free (like us) should be able to rely on those they run events for to act sensibly and take responsibility for their own exposure to risk. The Bill looks to bring back the idea of informed consent which has, over recent years, been eroded in law. I hate the legal position I might be in when I run events - so assumed some of the rest of you might as well. Especially if you are an organiser or even a steward or site safety officer.
Here are the details as best I know them:
The Bill is receiving its third reading on Friday 16th July so we have some time to reach as many MP's as we can.
The excerpt below is from Early Day Motion 1125 in support of the Promotion of Volunteering Bill. What you need to do is write to your MP expressing your support if you agree with the sentiment.
"EDM 1125 Promotion of Volunteering Bill... That this House welcomes the Promotion of Volunteering Bill to protect volunteers from unreasonable litigation, particularly in the areas of sport and adventure training; welcomes the concept of statement of inherent risk as a means to reintroduce the idea of informed consent and to acknowledge that accidents can happen without contributory negligence; deplores the increasing cost of liability insurance which threatens the viability of many sporting clubs and societies..."
Despite receiving support from all corners of the House, Government has felt unable to support the Bill, which will have its third reading on Friday 16th July. It is unlikely to become law in its present state but, given enough support, it is hoped Government will take note that such legislation would be welcome and in time, will introduce its own version of the Bill.
You can find a list of MPs with mailing, as well as e-mail addresses at:If you wish to download the full text of the Bill, access:
When writing to your MP, please keep your message short and to the point - if it goes over three paragraphs or onto a second page, it's too long! A few lines expressing your support for the Bill and the consequences of excessive litigation will suffice.
Alternatively, use the text below.
I write to express my support for the Promotion of Volunteering Bill, introduced by Mr Julian Brazier MP.
As a volunteer exhibitor at public events, I have benefited from the knowledge and support of other volunteers who organise and run the events I attend. It is a reflection of our increasingly litigious society that we are now facing the risk of having to insure against a claim for damages, suffered as the consequence of a bona fide accident whilst practising a hobby which carries inherent risks.
Combined with the spiralling cost of insurance, and the confusing legal accountability of hobby volunteers, this threatens to impose limitations to my activities and may even cause the decline of a hobby I currently enjoy.
I for one would welcome a common sense Bill that reduces the risk of unreasonable litigation and recognises that accidents do happen.
ps;The Bill is currently being pushed forward by sports clubs - but we'd benefit just as much. It is, after all, only a matter of time before someone, somewhere, sets the precedent of successfully suing over an organisers "negligence".