Lobby briefing: Anne Snelgrove, Labour MP for South Swindon

Anne Snelgrove on her campaign to promote payroll giving.

- What have you done to encourage the take-up of payroll giving locally? 

In April, Nationwide Building Society hosted a breakfast meeting in my constituency that involved Oxfam and four or five of the top companies in Swindon. The aim was to see how Oxfam and the companies could work more closely, and one of the main issues was payroll giving. I have been talking to companies about this for some time. In fact, the Nationwide office in my constituency held a big launch of payroll giving last year. Many of its employees participate.

- What concerns arose?

One of the companies - npower - said it was struggling with the take-up of payroll giving, despite doing everything it could to encourage it among its workforce. So Nationwide and insurance company Zurich said they would talk to npower about the sort of things it could do.

- What suggestions were made?

Nationwide regularly puts information about payroll giving in employees' payslips. It found this was the best way of getting information across to people because, of course, we all open our payslips.

- What sort of involvement did Oxfam have?

I went to Yemen with Oxfam last year - I really admire the charity's work, so I wanted to give something practical back.

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