The government has asked the companies that provide payroll giving services to come up with "radical ideas" that would increase take-up, according to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.
Hurd told delegates at the convention yesterday that the government was "determined to get serious about payroll giving" and encourage greater use of it, particularly among young male professionals.
"I think it is a horrible system to work with," he said. "We have challenged the agencies that sit in the middle of this to come back to us with radical ideas about how it could work better so we can get more people involved in payroll giving."
Hurd also said that recent governments "of all colours" had had no success in increasing overall levels of giving, which had remained flat as a proportion of national wealth.
He set out some of the measures the government was bringing in to try to increase giving, such as: the 10 per cent reduction in inheritance tax for people who give at least 10 per cent of their wealth to good causes in their wills; the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, which will allow charities to claim Gift Aid-style payments on small donations totalling up to £5,000 a year without individual paperwork; and the National Citizen Service, the volunteering programme for school-leavers.
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