CAF payroll-giving scheme has raised more than £1.3bn since 1987

The Charities Aid Foundation's Give as You Earn scheme allows people to donate directly from their pay packets before tax is deducted

A payroll-giving scheme run by the Charities Aid Foundation has raised more than £1.3bn in the 30 years since its inception, CAF has said.

CAF’s Give as You Earn scheme, which allows employees to make donations directly from their pay packets before tax is deducted, is offered by more than 2,700 employers in the UK.

They can choose either to donate to the same charity or charities each month, or to put the money aside to give to good causes at a later date.

More than 220,000 employees make regular donations through the scheme, giving an average of £20.57 each month. In total, almost £1.31bn was donated between 1987 and 2016, with £74.3m donated last year.

People have supported more than 22,000 charities through the scheme, with Cancer Research UK, the NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Support among the most popular recipients.

John Low, chief executive of CAF, said: "We are an incredibly generous nation and it is fantastic that so many choose to donate some of their earnings to a good cause every month.

"CAF helped pioneer payroll giving in the UK and we are very proud that, 30 years on, it has now helped people to give well over £1bn to charity.

"CAF works with tens of thousands of charities and we get to see first-hand what a critical difference these donations make. They can provide a lifeline to the vital work of charities that has a real and lasting impact on people’s lives."

In its report published earlier this month, the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities called on the Office for Civil Society to do more to raise awareness of payroll giving, and said there was "no excuse" for government departments not to provide payroll giving for their employees.

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