Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Bill no 9 of 2014-15

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Fairbairn, Catherine; Woodhouse, John
House of Commons Library
Date of publication
8 July 2014
Research paper; 14/38
Legislation, Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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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. The Bill is one of a number of initiatives being pursued by the Government to tackle the perception of a “compensation culture” which, among other things, may deter people from volunteering or getting involved in activities of benefit to the community.

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