Debate: Will changes to payroll giving result in a greater take-up of the scheme?

The government has published its response to a consultation on how to get more employers and staff involved

Payroll giving
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- Jane Banks is payroll-giving manager at the British Heart Foundation and chair of the Institute of Fundraising's payroll-giving special interest committee

Jane Banks is payroll-giving manager at the British Heart FoundationThe government has taken a lead by ensuring that its departments have a scheme they can promote to encourage greater take-up. That alone could change the face of payroll giving, because nearly 20 per cent of the UK workforce is in the public sector.

The ability to influence through leading by example can be a powerful catalyst for change. However, the absence in the proposals of an online data portal will limit take-up, portability and engagement in a digital era.

- Peter O'Hara is managing director of Workplace Giving UK

Peter O'HaraThe government has again missed a vital opportunity to make the changes to payroll giving that are needed. We were sceptical when the consultation was launched: our worries appear well-founded. There are concerns about aspects that are not mentioned, particularly around online technologies that were not available when the scheme was launched. It seems there is no will to make small changes that would revolutionise the donor journey overnight - such as a search facility so staff can find out whether their employers offer a scheme.

- Linda Minnis is chief executive of the payroll-giving agency the Charities Trust

Linda Minnis is chief executive of the payroll-giving agency the Charities TrustWe welcome the government's continued endorsement of payroll giving, and we want to help to formulate a service-level agreement to improve the system, introducing more transparency on processing times, costs and data flows. We've invested in helping our payroll-giving clients to better engage colleagues, and in improving our own donationmanagement systems. Take-up would be improved by a central information source, making sign-ups easier, and by making it possible for charities to include a standard message for potential donors.

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