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Payroll Giving increases by £3.5m

Payroll Giving increases by £3.5m

The amount donated to charity via Payroll Giving schemes increased by £3.5m this year, the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations (APGO) has announced.

Figures provided by APGO members show that employees from companies around the UK gave £122.5m in the financial year 2015-16, compared to £119m in the year 2014-2015: an increase of 3%.

More than one million people give directly to charity through their company’s Payroll Giving scheme.

Employers who match their employees’ donations have also given more, with their additional contributions totalling £7m, an increase of 6% on last year. It means that £130m in total went to good causes via Payroll Giving last year.

Panikos Efthimiou, chair of the APGO, said:

“Payroll Giving is a great way to support good causes which is tax-effective, hassle-free and provides a crucial regular source of income to thousands of charities.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.

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