PM wants advice on payroll giving, says umbrella body

David Cameron's representatives asked us for proposals on improving take-up, says Association of Payroll Giving Organisations

David Cameron
David Cameron

Downing Street is seeking advice on how payroll giving in the UK can be improved, according to the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations.

Janet Forster, chair of the APGO, told Third Sector that the membership body had met representatives of the Prime Minister.

"One of David Cameron’s advisers got in touch with us and asked us to put together some proposals on how we could improve payroll giving," she said. "They got in touch after we submitted a response to the Giving Green Paper, talking about how payroll giving could be improved, and also wrote to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

"We’ve had one meeting with them and we’ve been asked to submit a paper by 13 April, containing suggestions on how payroll giving could be improved."

She said that the organisation was likely to make suggestions such as an awareness campaign, an opportunity for payroll giving to be exempt from national insurance and ways to allow donors to keep donations going when they changed jobs.

She said the APGO would like to increase take up among companies, but it would not press for it to be made compulsory.

Downing Street did not respond to a request for more information.

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