Fewer than one in four support Government tax relief cap on charitable donations

20 April 2012

Fewer than one in four people back the Government over its decision to cap tax relief on charitable donations, according to a new poll.

The ComRes survey of 2,000 members of the public, commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation, found only 24 per cent of people disagreed when asked whether the Government should reconsider its proposal to cap tax relief for charitable donations, given the concerns raised by charities.

Support for the campaign against the charity tax cap continues to grow, with more than 1,000 charities backing calls for the Government to think again.

The campaign is backed by charities of all sizes covering everything from medical research and hospice care to youth organisations and social care charities.

The tax cap affects large and small organisations across the charitable sector because philanthropists often use major donations to endow foundations which channel grants to a plethora of small charities.

Charities are calling for urgent action, to prevent philanthropists from being discouraged from giving.

John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

“Fewer than a quarter of the public believe the Government should stick to their policy of capping tax relief on charitable donations.

“This is not an argument about saving tax, it is about encouraging wealthy people to contribute to the public good.

“It is deeply corrosive to imply that these people are tax dodgers. To be affected by this tax cap you have to give away far, far more than you could ever claim in tax relief.

“Claiming that tax relief simply subsidises wealthy people’s personal interests is demeaning to those who put their hands in their pockets and pay for projects which support public services and help vulnerable people.

“At a time of deep cuts to public services, we should be praising people who help fill the funding gap, not deriding them as self-interested tax avoiders.”


ComRes interviewed 2,028 British adults online between 13th and 15th April 2012. 

Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Full data tables are available from the ComRes website.

Question: Given the concerns recently raised by charities, the Government should reconsider its current proposal to cap tax relief for charitable donations:

Agree 55%
Disagree 24%
Don't know 21%

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