Will volunteering affect my benefits? Many people are concerned that volunteering might affect their benefits and with the move to a new benefit system called Universal Credit, there is bound to be some uncertainty. We suggest speaking to your benefits advisor if you have any questions, and please let us know of any concerns so that we may help you. Universal Credit is a new benefit that has started to replace six existing benefits and will be paid if you’re out of work or on a low income. Since April 2013, Universal Credit is in place in two areas of England and will be rolled out to all of the UK from October 2013 until the end of 2017. Information about Universal Credit can be found on the following website:www.gov.uk/universal-credit SAFE understands that volunteers in receipt of benefits must be able to attend an interview within 48 hours of being asked. We will enable and support you to do this. You can receive out-of-pocket expenses without affecting your benefits.