Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill: Examination of Witnesses

Mike Wood: A lot of sporting testimonials at all levels are used to raise money for charities and good causes, with either all or some of the proceeds going to local or national charities. How do you expect these measures to impact on charitable giving through sporting testimonials?


Robert Jenrick: That is a good question. We do not think it will have a material impact. If you are a sportsperson who wants to give all or part of your testimonial receipts to charity, there are two options available to you. First, you could use our very generous system of payroll giving, which is without limit. Your employer, which in this case may well be the sporting testimonial committee, could register for that and take advantage of it. If you had not done that, and the receipts came to you as an individual, you could choose to make a donation and use gift aid at a later date, and take advantage of what by international standards is a very generous relief. We do not think there will be an impact on the receipts that charities receive from some of these testimonials.


Mike Wood: I apologise, Ms McDonagh, but in my earlier declaration, I should have drawn the Committee’s attention to the part of my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests about hospitality from the Football Association.