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Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures the Government have taken to support charities. (193341)

[holding answer 12 March 2008]: The Government continue to support charities through a range of tax reliefs for charitable giving worth over £3 billion per annum.

The Budget announced a package of measures in response to the consultation on Gift Aid, including payment of Gift Aid at a transitional rate of 22 per cent. for three years.

The Government also support charities, and the third sector more broadly, through a variety of non-fiscal measures, including £515 million of investment over the comprehensive spending review period (2008-09 to 2010-11), delivered through the Office of the Third Sector.