PM's comments on tax relief cap "most encouraging sign yet" that proposal will be dropped
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today welcomed David Cameron’s hint at a rethink on the tax relief cap on charitable donations, calling it the ‘most encouraging sign yet’ that the Government plans to drop the proposal. Today’s Daily Mail reports that the Prime Minister said that the matter would ‘be dealt with’ when questioned about the widespread opposition to the plans. He suggested that he wants the plans dramatically altered or abandoned altogether.
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO, said:
‘This is the most encouraging sign yet that the diverse chorus of disapproval against the cap is being heeded by the highest levels of government. We hope that the Prime Minister’s comments signal that this unloved policy is finally going to be put out of its misery.’
For more information contact Mandy Murphy in NCVO’s press office on 07714 243 942 or email mandy.murphy(at)ncvo-vol.org.uk.
Notes to editors:
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) www.ncvo-vol.org.uk is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England, with sister councils in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. NCVO has over 8,300 members, ranging from large national bodies to community groups, volunteer centres, and development agencies working at a local level. With over 280,000 staff and over 13 million volunteers working for our members, we represent and support almost half the voluntary sector workforce.
Charities including the Charities Aid Foundation, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Philanthropy Review are leading the Give it Back George campaign which calls on the Treasury to exempt charitable donations from the plan to cap personal tax reliefs: www.giveitbackgeorge.org. The campaign now has over 1,000 organisations signed up.