PAYROLL GIVING ORGANISATIONS SEEK WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER

31 August 2012

Senior figures from some of the largest Payroll Giving agencies and professional fundraising organisations met to discuss ways of working together to reform the system to make it easier and more attractive to businesses, employees and charities across the country.

Those attending the meeting have agreed to continue to explore options and discussions will continue with other key organisations unable to attend.

John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation which runs CAF Give As You Earn, the UK’s largest Payroll Giving scheme, said: “Payroll Giving has enormous potential to increase regular donations to good causes by making it convenient and straightforward for people to give from their salaries before tax is deducted.

“The current system has been successful in encouraging people to donate, but it must now be made simpler to administer and easier to use, so more and more companies and employees will be able to give in this way.

“Ministers have stated that they are determined to ‘get serious’ about Payroll Giving.  Agencies were asked in the spring to put forward realistic ideas for reform. In response, Ministers have recently decided that the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme must be priority and that a full public consultation will now be published later in the year.

“We are, however, keen to drive this reform forward and believe that, working together, we can transform the system and make it simpler for millions more people to donate to good causes through their payroll.”

Wendy Tapping, Chief Executive of Hands On Helping said: "We are hopeful that by working together with other stakeholders we can create a more accessible, user friendly scheme that will help to maximise the potential of payroll giving for charities, donors and employers."

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