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Dodworth Councillor Criticises Blame Culture

Tuesday February 5 2013



A DODWORTH councillor has warned it's getting harder to recruit volunteers because of a 'where there's blame, there's a claim' culture.

Cllr Jack Carr believes volunteers are being put off from taking over the running of community facilities in their area, because of liability concerns.

He said it's a setback for volunteers in lots of different groups wanting to take over the running of facilities from Barnsley Council.

"They are worried about liability if they do take something over," said Mr Carr.

He said liability insurance costs about £3,000-a-year.

"I know first-hand about the cost of insurance for voluntary organisations, such as those that look after football pitches. Imagine someone is walking across a field managed by a volunteer group, and that person injures their foot in a pot hole. It would be that group that is liable.''

A council spokesman said it's working with Voluntary Action Barnsley on the opportunities available for volunteers.

A spokeswoman for Voluntary Action Barnsley said its external services and the volunteer centre regularly advise groups about carrying out risk assessments and when to consider the need for public liability insurance.

She said: "VAB can provide guidance for groups and signposting to insurance providers. Public liability insurance is relatively cheap and there are small pots of funding that will pay for cover for groups. VAB have raised this issue with the cabinet office."

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Reply Posted by LV on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 19:42
the only diwnside to me moving out of Dodworth was that I couldn't take Jack with me! He's a brilliant councillor! It makes a change to see a local MP taking a stand on something useful for a change!