Charity Technology Trust calls for tax breaks on computer hardware donations

Chief executive Richard Craig says voluntary organisations do not have the computer equipment they need

Charity computer donations
Charity computer donations

The Charity Technology Trust will lobby the government to provide tax reliefs on the donation of computer hardware to charity.

Richard Craig, chief executive of the trust, which works to improve charities' access to technology, told Third Sector that charities often do not have the IT equipment they need to help their beneficiaries.

"The government has talked extensively about the importance of digital inclusion – ensuring all members of the public have access to a computer and the internet," he said. "Charities are providing many of those services to the elderly, the disabled and the very poor; they need help to do that."

Craig, who started in his job last month, said there was "huge potential for growth" in the number of charities using the trust's flagship programme, the Charity Technology Exchange, which gives voluntary organisations access to free software in exchange for a fee to cover the trust's costs.

"We're currently hitting only 10 per cent of our target market," he said. "Between 80 and 90 per cent of charities don't know they can get free software. I spoke to one guy recently who could have saved hundreds of thousands if he'd approached us.

"One thing we need to do is simplify our offering. If you're not PC-literate, it's a struggle just understanding what's available."

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