Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

Comprising a certificate and logo, as well as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards, the Quality Mark aims to provide UK charities with sustainable income streams by increasing participation in Payroll Giving.

Once you set up a Payroll Giving scheme, you will automatically receive a certificate as well as a logo for use on your letterheads, websites and other company literature. These acknowledge that you have implemented Payroll Giving and demonstrate (both within your organisation and publicly) that you are committed to the good causes your employees care about. Awards The Quality Mark Awards reward employers for fostering a culture of committed giving in the workplace by actively promoting Payroll Giving.

Awards are available for organisations that achieve minimum staff participation rates and employer support in Payroll Giving as outlined below:

Bronze Award Awarded to employers that achieve 1% employee participation rate in Payroll Giving.

Silver Award Awarded to employers that achieve 5% employee participation in Payroll Giving.

Gold Award Awarded to employers that achieve 10% employee participation in Payroll Giving + employer support*. * Employer support means that the employer must either pay the administration charge, match donations or demonstrate that they have carried out an active promotion of Payroll Giving during the previous year . Platinum Award The Platinum Quality Mark Award recognises employers that continually strive to increase donations to UK charities through Payroll Giving. Employers that are recognised through the Platinum Award will have committed themselves to promoting Payroll Giving in the workplace and increasing charitable donations. Public Register of Employers Offering Payroll Giving Employers must have signed-up to the public register of employers offering Payroll Giving to their staff. Register your company details here .

Payroll Giving in Action work alongside three HMRC approved agencies. There are three main agencies in the UK:

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Charities Trust Charitable Giving

Charities Aid Foundation

Your company simply decides which agency to work with and signs an HMRC approved contract. The agency informs HMRC that your company is operating a payroll-giving scheme.

Payroll Giving in Action can supply your company with a contract from Charities Trust, Charitable Giving, and Charities Aid Foundation. Simply contact PGA on 01271 344360.

Payroll Giving is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year.

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Reviews into gender discrimination 9 February 2017

In response to the concern that rights may be eroded or weakened as a result of Brexit, a review of sex discrimination laws has been established.

The Fawcett Society , a leading UK charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, has launched the new project to review the UK’s sex discrimination laws. They are looking to gather evidence from a wide range of individuals, organisations, legal experts, employers and trade unions.


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