HC Deb 09 November 2000 vol 356 cc339-40W
Dr. Godman

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the cost to date of the give-as-you-earn scheme; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost over the next three years. [135950]

Mr. Gordon Brown

The cost of the Payroll Giving scheme since it was introduced in 1986 has been published in Inland Revenue Statistics on an annual basis. The total cost of the scheme up to April 2000 was £53 million. The estimated cost until April 2003 is around £60 million.

The Economic Secretary launched a £2 million promotional campaign in October this year to encourage more employers and employees to become involved in Payroll Giving. We aim to double donations by April 2003 to more than £60 million a year.