Further philanthropy measures to come, says Treasury minister

Justine Greening tells Institute of Fundraising conference that ideas to improve payroll giving will be examined

Justine Greening
Justine Greening

Further measures to promote philanthropy could appear in future Budgets, Justine Greening, the economic secretary to the Treasury, told charity fundraisers yesterday.

Speaking at the Payroll Giving Conference in London, organised by the Institute of Fundraising’s Payroll Giving special interest group, Greening said: "One of the main messages is that where we produced quite a chunky philanthropy package in this year’s Budget, that won’t necessarily be the last one we do.

"We’re keen to look at how we can make giving easier, and not just in the big ticket items, but the smaller areas that can make a difference."

Greening said the Treasury was keen to look at several ways to improve the effectiveness of payroll giving, including developing a method of allowing donors to take their regular payment from job to job. Research suggests that inability to do this cost the sector £71m between 1999 and 2007, she said.

"We’re particularly keen to see it not just in the large companies but the smaller ones as well," she said. "Most smaller companies are put off by the administration costs, but you can set up payroll giving for as little as £200."

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