Volunteers taking on police roles as cuts continue to bite

Cash-strapped police forces are filling some key job vacancies with unpaid volunteers amid ongoing cutbacks, says a report published today (Friday) by UNISON. The number of police support volunteers (PSVs) being used across England and Wales has soared to more than 6,000 – the equivalent of a 15% rise – in just four years from […]

There must be no blurred lines between volunteers and NHS staff

Volunteers shouldn’t take the place of paid employees in the NHS

Policing on the cheap?

UNISON conference condemns replacing police staff with low-paid workers and unpaid volunteers

Police staff will be pleased with new powers, less so that volunteer colleagues will get the same

Extra powers for police staff that will help them be more effective in their jobs in the fight against crime are good news for local communities and bad news for criminals, says UNISON today (Wednesday). But while welcoming the Home Office announcement about new powers for police staff, UNISON has voiced concern over government plans […]