The three major London Mayoral candidates, Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick, are supporting the Legacy10 campaign by committing to leave at least 10% of their estates to charity in their wills.
Legacy10 campaigns to ask individuals across the UK to pledge 10% of their estate to charity. Founder Roland Rudd invited the candidates to show their support for the campaign, which has seen many people from sport, business, and the arts take the pledge.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I am pleased to give my support to the Legacy10 campaign. I think this is a fantastic idea, rightly promoting leaving a legacy for charitable purposes in order to ensure that this becomes the norm, rather than the exception to the rule.”
Labour candidate Ken Livingstone said: “Londoners have a proud history of charitable giving, and so I am very happy to personally support the Legacy10 initiative.”
Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick said: “I am proud to support the Legacy10 campaign. So many London charities and arts institutions stand to benefit from the forthcoming inheritance tax changes, and I hope everyone in this great city signs up to this exciting initiative.”
According to the 2011 Legacy Market Snapshot by Legacy Foresight, currently only 7% of the UK population leave a gift to charity in their will, yet 74% of them donate to a charity in their lifetime.
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