Our response to the 2014 Budget

19 March 2014

Responding to the Chancellor's Budget announcements, the Charities Aid Foundation's Chief Executive, John Low said:

"We are pleased the Government is committed to promoting and modernising Gift Aid, but we urgently need to see the detail. Changes must be far-sighted and ambitious, so that Gift Aid is truly fit for the digital age and charities can benefit from this generous tax relief on millions of text, online and mobile donations.

"It is good that the Treasury wants to simplify benefits for donors. We need to make it as easy as possible for people to use the generous tax breaks for giving so that their donations make the maximum difference to the causes we care about.

It is also positive that the Government is focusing on donor behaviour in order to address barriers to Gift Aid take-up. They should build on the work of CAF and the Cabinet Office's Behavioural Insights Team to identify the most effective ways of 'nudging' donors to use Gift Aid, so that charities can promote the system as effectively as possible.

“It’s great news that the Government has confirmed a 30% tax relief on social investment, the first time there has been a tax relief specifically for those who invest to produce social benefits. this has the potential to bring in millions of pounds in investment for charities and social enterprises.

"We need to use this new tax relief to promote social investment as an everyday part of the financial services industry so we can grow the charities and social enterprises that can make such a huge difference to people across the country.”

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