Drive to boost payroll giving

Charities Aid Foundation wants access for all employees

The Charities Aid Foundation is to urge the Government to introduce a new scheme that would give all employees access to payroll giving.

A CAF survey of 100 heads of businesses that operate community investment programmes, carried out between 5 and 12 November and released this week, indicated that 70 per cent would support the introduction of rules making it compulsory for companies to offer payroll giving schemes, which allow staff to donate to charity from their pre-tax pay.

Previous research from CAF found that only 44 per cent of businesses as a whole ran such schemes.

CAF plans to meet charities, businesses and government ministers early next year to discuss introducing a universal payroll giving scheme.

Hannah Terrey, head of policy and public affairs at CAF, said millions more could be raised for charities through such a scheme. "It could encourage more people to get involved in regular giving and to continue to give when they move jobs," she said.

Terrey said payroll giving already raised more than £100m a year for charities in the UK.

The Treasury was unable to comment before Third Sector went to press.

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