Department for Business doesn't get it

We wrote to the Department for Business, innovation and Skill (BIS) about the change in the law that has seen company giving to charities become less transparent.

In July 2015 we wrote to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, to inform him about our findings that a recent change in the law has resulted in a huge drop in the number of businesses reporting on their charitable giving. We wrote to him to express our concern that this lack of transparency was bad for charities’ ability to fundraise and for the future of company giving in the UK (which at roughly £550m per year is pretty dismal already).

Unfortunately, although our letter was very clear, we don’t think he got the right message. In a reply on his behalf, which you can find below, the minister responsible tells us that the move has managed to save businesses £1.2bn annually.

Surely that must be worth it?