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Promotion of Volunteering Bill

The Promotion of Volunteering Bill fails to become law
The controversial Promotion of Volunteering Bill ran out of parliamentary time before a vote could be taken, and now goes back down the list of backbench measures, making it extremely unlikely to become law.  The British Horse Society asked members to urge their MPs to support the bill.
The bill aimed to introduce a "statement of inherent risk", which volunteers or voluntary organisations could ask the users of their services or activities to sign, to ensure that they "share responsibility for the safe conduct of the activity". The courts would have to take account of the agreement in any legal proceedings for negligence or breach of statutory duty.
But critics warned that the bill could do more harm than good because the "statement of inherent risk" could discourage volunteers by asking them to accept liability, encourage bad practice in risk assessment and generate a mountain of bureaucratic paperwork.
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