'TV should give set time to good causes'

A requirement for television channels to give a certain amount of airtime to good causes, and the introduction of living legacies, are among the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry into how charitable giving could be increased.

The report of the Charities Aid Foundation's Growing Giving inquiry makes suggestions including government incentives for businesses to match-fund donations by employees and calls on companies to set up "giving circles" in the workplace.

The report says that, despite the best efforts of charities and government, levels of charitable giving have remained relatively static over the past 10 years.

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