The government today announces new ways to encourage charitable giving. Part of its Big Society message is to promote more generosity by individuals and companies.
The trouble is the past government did so much to nationalise good causes and charitable activity. With marginal tax rates of 52% on the high paid, a growing Overseas Aid budget, a strictly bureaucratic and highly regulated charitable sector and a media based rather than a good works based culture in some charitable fields there is a lot to change if the government is serious about wishing to transfer more of this work from public sector to charities.
If the government wants instead the extra charitable giving to be on top of the higher taxes and expanded public sector it will find that difficult to achieve at a time of squeezed living standards.