Davis Smith: Volunteers are deterred by compensation culture myth

The widespread public perception that a compensation culture pervades UK society is a big problem that deters people from volunteering, Justin Davis Smith, NCVO‘s volunteering chief, told Parliament last week.

Giving evidence last week at the committee stage debate for the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (the Sarah Bill), Davis Smith said that 38 per cent of young people are put off volunteering because of fears of being sued.

But the myth is greater than the reality, he said.

“We are not in the grip of a compensation culture, but nevertheless people perceive there to be one. I think that perception, that myth, that fear is just as big a deterrent as if there were the reality of a compensation culture.”

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