31 May 2012

UNICEF UK welcomes today's announcements that the UK Government has dropped plans to limit tax relief on charitable giving.

In the Budget last March, George Osborne had said that from April 2013 the maximum amount that would be able to be reclaimed in tax relief - including on charitable giving - was £50,000 or 25 per cent of a person's income, whichever was the greater.

But today, Mr Osborne announced that the government would not be capping relief for giving money to charity.

"Today’s government announcement on charitable tax relief is great news for vulnerable children", said David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK.  

"Donations from wealthy people are hugely important to UNICEF UK during humanitarian emergencies and this announcement will mean that we can continue to respond quickly, such as in the current food crisis in West Africa where 1 million children are at risk of severe malnutrition." 

"The announcement shows the Government has been listening to charities during the consultation and we very much welcome today’s decision."

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Nine-month-old Laouli is just one of more than 300,000 children under five at risk of starvation in Niger, West Africa. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0176/Olivier Asselin
Nine-month-old Laouli is just one of more than 300,000 children under five at risk of starvation in Niger. Donations from wealthy individuals are hugely important to UNICEF UK during humanitarian emergencies such as the current food crises in West Africa© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0176/Olivier Asselin

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