Features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney and editor Emily Burt take a look at what needs to happen for payroll giving to live up to its potential.
Payroll giving is a mechanism that allows any UK taxpayer to make regular donations to charities of their choice, directly from their pay. The donations are tax-free and employers can choose to match what employees give and can deduct these amounts from their profits.
It was first launched by the Conservatives in 1987 and during its first 30 years it generated more than £2bn for charity, which compared to the charity sector's overall income (£53.5bn in 2017/18 according to the most recent Civil Society Almanac) is fairly small.
Rebecca and Emily chat about why payroll giving has never really taken off and find out about a new initiative designed to make payroll giving more accessible and encourage more people to take part.
WeAreGoodGiving is a collaboration between Barnardo’s, Crisis, The Royal British Legion, RNIB and WaterAid, which aims to double the number of UK payroll givers and raise an additional £150m for charities by 2030.
This week's good news bulletin includes:
Charlotte Nichols and Stuart Bates, who are planning to attempt to complete all 90 of the events featured in the Tokyo Olympics during the 17 days the competition is on. They came up with the challenge, named the “Spennylympics”, to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Bates’s brother Spencer, who died from motor neurone disease. They are halfway towards their target of raising £10,000 in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
- The news that a baby beaver has been born on Exmoor for the first time in 400 years, after the National Trust successfully reintroduced two adults into the habitat last January.
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