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NCVO responds to Queen's speech

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has today responded to the Queen’s Speech. The main announcement of relevance to the voluntary sector is the enactment of the Small Donations Scheme, which aims to reduce the administrative burden on charities by providing top-up payments so that they do not have to fill out Gift Aid declarations on each small donation.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO, said:

“It is encouraging to see this measure nearing fruition after being announced in the 2011 Budget. The scheme should help to lighten the administrative load, particularly for smaller local charities. Obviously this is a very technical area, and we look forward to working with Government to ensure it delivers on its potential.

“While the scheme is welcome, it sits uneasily against the backdrop of the tax relief cap on donations, which is projected to cost the voluntary sector £500 million. Rather than giving with one hand and taking with the other, the Government should take heed of the widespread opposition towards the cap and drop it as quickly as possible.”

For more information contact Mandy Murphy in NCVO’s press office on 07714 243 942 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notes to Editors

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) 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. The campaign now has over 1,000 organisations signed up.

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