CAF responds to 2017 Budget

22 November 2017

Commenting on the Budget, Sir John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

“It’s good news that the Chancellor will explore levies on single-use ‘plastic items’ through the tax system. The plastic bag levy has dramatically cut the number of bags being used and raised £29 million for good causes in the first six months of the levy - £10 million of which was distributed through CAF – and a similar scheme could reap similar benefits.

“We welcome the news that a further £36 million of banking fines will support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities, and that there will be a grant will to help accident rescue charities meet the cost of normally irrecoverable VAT. The Government should look at using other regulatory charges or fines to support good causes, offering those who have acted improperly the chance to turn it into something good.

“Plans to ensure safe, ethical and ground-breaking innovation in AI and other technologies could benefit charities if they are supported to develop the right skills. In our recent evidence to the House of Lords, however, we noted that charities also have an important role to play as ethical guardians against the potentially negative social consequences of technological change.”

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