C volunteering gets its first public viewing

 

Charities would reap an extra £1 billion a year under think-tank proposals unveiled today to “turbocharge” corporate giving.

The Centre for Social Justice, founded by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, has devised a tax relief scheme to encourage businesses to subsidise voluntary work carried out by their employees.

It claims the move would boost “unfashionable” grassroots charities that struggle to compete with the major organisations for volunteers and donations.

Under the “C-Volunteering” plan, drawn up with social enterprise group ‘C’, employees would be encouraged to give up some of their working time to charity and their employer would donate cash for every hour volunteered.