Measures to encourage more people and companies to give more money and time to voluntary action were set out today by the Chancellor Gordon Brown in a speech 'A Civic Patriotism' at the NCVO annual conference in London today.
The chancellor outlined the case for a ‘new and stronger relationship between individuals, communities and government’ in a four point plan. The plan includes:
tax changes to promote individual giving;
tax changes to promote corporate donations;
measures to promote the giving of time and volunteering; and
measures to develop a new role for voluntary organisations.
The Chancellor said: ‘I want to outline the case for a new and stronger relationship between individual, community and government – for the renewal of British civic society – or a great British society which not only defines the importance of voluntary organisations, but engenders a civic patriotism.
‘I want to propose a new financial foundation for this civic renewal – a modern financial foundation for charitable, voluntary and community action.’
The chancellor confirmed his pledge to ‘put charities on a firm foundation for the future.’ He encouraged charities to exploit the new tax regime which makes it easier for individuals and companies, to give with the aim – ‘millions more giving so that by the end of the year 2002, as a people, have given a £1 billion more.’