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Give As You Earn’ scheme picks up charity award

Caring staff donate £50,000 in a year to help UK Power Networks’ scheme achieve bronze award

From Press releases - 25 September 2017 12:00 PM

Caring employees have signed up to a new scheme giving to good causes directly from their salary, winning their company a Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) award.

The 'Give As You Earn' scheme was set up by UK Power Networks last year and staff who opt in can give money to whichever charities they wish, straight from their gross salary. They don't pay tax on the donation and nominated charities are also guaranteed Gift Aid from the Government.

In 2016 alone, staff gave more than £50,000 to good causes through payroll giving alone, earning UK Power Networks a Bronze Award from CAF.

Alex Sturge, UK Power Networks' head of communications and engagement, said:“We're delighted that the generosity of our staff has been recognised by the Charities Aid Foundation. We've made our 'Give As You Earn' scheme easy to join so we're hoping that next year we'll achieve the silver award.“

To achieve the silver award, at least five per cent of staff need to sign up to the scheme.

Wendy Bushby, an engagement executive from the firm's Crawley office, has been payroll giving to local charity Action for Giving for many years and said: “I visited to find out where my money has been going. It is an amazing place and I am so glad I'm making a donation to these children and their families. I just want to keep on giving because they've really touched my heart. The donations that people like me give, are really important.“

Ben Russell, Head of Communications at the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “It is great to have companies like the UK Power Networks supporting the Give as you Earn scheme and I am really pleased that its employees' incredible generosity has been recognized with this award.

“Give as You Earn recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and in that time employees have given a remarkable £1.3billion to good causes. It is a really straightforward and efficient way of supporting good causes and we hope, with the support of companies like UK Power Networks, that the scheme will continue to go from strength to strength.“

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For more information call Jenny Chapman in the UK Power Networks press office on 03301 591712.

Notes to editors: UK Power Networks is the country's biggest electricity distributor, making sure that the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

Network operators are not the same as energy suppliers; network operators manage local power lines and substations, while energy suppliers sell the electricity that runs through the power lines.

UK Power Networks is the first electricity distributor to be named in the Sunday Times' Top 30 Best Companies to Work For, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012).

The company invests more than £500 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies. If you have a power cut ring 105, see or tweet us @UKPNnews