Payroll giving up by £3.5m last year

Figures from the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations show the total raised for good causes rose to £141.5m in 2017/18

Funds raised for good causes through payroll giving increased by £3.5m to £141.5m in 2017/18, according to figures released today by the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations.

Figures from the three biggest payroll-giving agencies – the Charities Aid Foundation, the Charities Trust and Charitable Giving – show that UK employees donated £133m in the year to the end of March, compared with £131m the year before.

Employer matching increased from £7m to £8.5m, bringing the total to £141.5m, up from £138m in 2016/17.

The APGO said that more than 5,500 UK employers operated the scheme, which allows employees to give directly from their pay packets before tax.

More than a million employees donated each month to 8,500 different causes, according to the APGO. 

Panikos Efthimiou, chair of the APGO, said: "Our members are thrilled that payroll giving continues to grow and support even more charities in the UK each payday.

"We want to take this opportunity to thank every employer who operates the scheme and the one million employees who give each month to causes they care about."

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