Coalition petitions chancellor to keep 10% payroll top-up

Chancellor Gordon Brown should retain the 10 per cent top-up on payroll giving, according to a coalition of fundraising charities, payroll-giving agencies and professional fundraising organisations.

The Government has added a supplement of 10 per cent to all employee donations direct from pay packets since April 2000, but this initiative is due to end in March next year.

More than 80 charities, including Cancer Research UK, Save the Children, Help the Aged and ChildLine, believe the incentive has been so successful at converting employees to payroll giving that it should be continued.

Since April 2000, the annual amount raised through payroll giving has risen from £32 million to £72 million. The Government's target was an increase of £60 million a year. The chancellor's 10 per cent top up was a key factor influencing the 36 per cent increase in companies backing the scheme, according to the coalition, the Payroll Giving Forum.

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