Government will publish more plans to make giving easier, says Hurd

Minister for Civil Society says it will include the conclusions from today's Giving Summit

The Cabinet Office
The Cabinet Office

The government will publish another document later this month outlining its plans to make it easier to give money to charity, according to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Hurd said the new document would outline some of the conclusions that emerge from the Giving Summit, which is being held today and will look into ways to remove barriers to philanthropy.

"This will introduce where we will make it easier and more compelling to give," he said. "We want more people working together for community good and we want to make it easier for people who want to get more involved."

The document follows on from the Giving White Paper, which was published last May and set out measures to encourage giving.

Hurd said today that the government was still looking at ways to encourage people to give in everyday life. He said the government was introducing two new measures to encourage giving.

One would be a £500,000 match fund for donations through localgiving.com, a website designed to support local charities and community groups, which will start in September.

The other was a challenge prize - a competition to find the best ideas to encourage better support for older people and to mobilise people to reduce waste in their communities.

"Once we’ve got the best ideas, we will act on them," Hurd said.

The Institute of Fundraising has also issued a statement today saying it will use the summit, which it is attending, to urge the government to invest in fundraising training "to ensure charities continue to engage effectively with potential donors".

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