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Money Box Live: Charitable giving

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 at 1502 BST On Radio 4 and Online

Donating money to charity has been in the headlines, after the Chancellor George Osborne recently dropped plans to limit tax relief on charitable giving.

Mr Osborne had announced the proposals in his March Budget, but they provoked a storm of protest from charities.

Last year Britons gave £11 billion to charity, according to research carried out by the Office of National Statistics. But while an extra 1 million people donated money to charity, the average (median) amount given per month has fallen compared to 2010.

And in real terms the total value of donations remained the same as the previous year.

The way people donate to charitable causes has been changing, with more of us contributing through online sites or by text.

So what are the different ways to give money and what tax reliefs are available?

Are you clear about Gift Aid declarations?

Do you know if your employer has a payroll giving scheme and how it works?

Perhaps you want to leave a charitable gift in your will and want advice on how to do this?

Or you might want to give money via an online site or by text and want to know which sites charge for the service?

Vincent Duggleby was joined by:

Caroline Fiennes, Director, Giving Evidence

Philip Kirkpatrick, Partner and Head of the Charity and Social Enterprise department, Bates, Wells Braithwaite Solicitors

John Low, Chief Executive, Charities Aid Foundation

Other information on charitable giving:

Presenter: Vincent Duggleby
Producer: Sally Abrahams

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