Payroll giving drive breaks Government target in past year

Around £72.5 million has been donated to charities through payroll giving in the past year, smashing the targets set by the Government.

The amount was raised through more than 1,000 new payroll schemes that employers set up last year. More than 600,000 workers across the UK are now able to make regular monthly donations straight out of their pay packets.

A target of £60 million a year by April 2003 was set by the Government when it launched payroll giving in April 2000.

The scheme was part of a new package of tax reliefs designed to increase charitable gifts, as any donations made through the system are deducted from pay before tax is added.

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