A million UK staff donate to charity via payroll giving

More than a million employees donated to charity through a workplace payroll-giving scheme in 2012/13, according to revised figures by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The figures have been revised due to a change in data collection and also in the data systems of some payroll-giving agencies.

The figures show that donations to charity directly from pay have risen by £37 million to £155 million, rather than by the £6 million previously reported in June 2013.

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The figures also show that the number of employees donating via a payroll-giving scheme topped the one-million mark for the first time, with 1,022,000 employees donating from pay in the financial year 2012-13, up from 735,000 employees the previous year.  

Peter O’Hara, managing director of Workplace Giving UK, said: “This news is a great start to the new year and we’re thrilled that these revised figures published by HMRC in late December 2013 show such a marked increase in monies raised and participation levels of payroll giving.”