HC Deb 25 January 2001 vol 361 c704W
22. Ms Dari Taylor

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he proposes to promote charitable giving. [145814]

Miss Melanie Johnson

In March 2000, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the Getting Britain Giving package of tax measures to encourage greater charitable giving in the UK. This includes improvements to the Gift Aid and Payroll Giving schemes and a new income tax relief for gifts of shares.

The Government are involved in two significant campaigns to promote the new reliefs. In October 2000 the Government launched a £2 million campaign to promote Payroll Giving and encourage more employers to offer Payroll Giving schemes. The three year campaign is backed by a special 10 per cent. supplement on all Payroll Giving donations.

The Government are also supporting the Charities Aid Foundation and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in a joint campaign starting in 2001 to promote the charitable giving of both money and time. The Government have pledged £1 million plus a series of Civil Service secondments to the campaign.

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