Government reconsiders funding of Payroll Giving quality mark

Association of Payroll Giving Organisations says it is vital to keep the mark, administered by the Institute of Fundraising

Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office

The government is considering whether to continue funding a scheme that recognises employers who make payroll giving available to staff.

The Payroll Giving quality mark is awarded free of charge to companies that provide payroll giving, which allows UK taxpayers to make regular donations, tax free, from their earnings.

When a company sets up a payroll-giving scheme it receives a certificate and a quality mark logo that it can use on letterheads and websites.

If the take-up of the scheme reaches certain thresholds, it becomes eligible for bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels of the award.

The Cabinet Office funds the mark,launched in 2006 and administered by the Institute of Fundraising. But it is understood that its funding is up for discussion, even though the future of the mark is not mentioned in the consultation on payroll giving, launched by the Treasury in January.

In a statement, a Cabinet Office spokesman said the government had supported the mark for six years. "We will be making an announcement shortly on future support for the scheme," he said. He was unable to confirm how much funding the Cabinet Office provides for the scheme.

Panikos Efthimiou, chair of the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations, which represents the payroll-giving agencies and the professional fundraising organisations that promote it, said: "We are hoping that the mark will continue because it sends such a positive message to employers.

"It acts as an incentive to them and gets more of their employees involved. If it does not continue, it will give the wrong message, so it is critical that it does."

Ceri Edwards, director of policy and communications at the IoF, said: "We want the quality mark to continue because it plays a key role in encouraging more organisations to get involved with payroll giving and staff to participate." 

According to the IoF’s Payroll Giving Centre website, payroll-giving agencies monitor the employee participation rates that organisations achieve by February each year. Awards are then issued by the IoF from April onwards.

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