Churchgoers in England will be asked to give 5 per cent of their net yearly earnings to charitable causes, if a motion by the Church of England's National Stewardship Committee is agreed.
If the motion is accepted, the church will adopt an official policy of encouraging church members to give 5 per cent of their earnings to charity.
That is on top of its existing policy of asking parishioners to donate 5 per cent of net annual salaries to the church. Average giving to the church among members is 3.2 per cent of income -- if this were to increase to 5 per cent, it would create an extra £300m in funds for the church, the report says.
The issue of encouraging a 5 per cent donation to charity was raised in the committee's report in 2000, but was not agreed.