The Charity Trustees (Time Off for Duties) Bill is a 10-minute rule bill proposed by Susan Elan Jones, the Labour MP for Clwyd South and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering. It is supported by 11 more MPs including former shadow charities minister Gareth Thomas.
The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to give charity trustees the right to time off work for the purposes of carrying out the duties of that office, and for connected purposes.
According to the MP, the Charity Trustees (Time Off for Duties) Bill has two clear purposes. The first is to value existing charity trustees by giving them an improved status in law. The second is to provide the sort of support that might encourage a greater number of people from a wider diversity of backgrounds to take on this important but unpaid civic duty.
The second reading is due to be held on 22nd March