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Gift Aid

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps were taken by the Office of the Third Sector to inform the voluntary sector and the general public about the reduction in the rate of gift aid that resulted from the change in income tax rates in the last Budget; and when those steps were taken. (155629)

The then Chancellor and the Minister for the third sector discussed the need to further build on the increase in the amount of money directly benefiting third sector organisations, which has increased from £135 million in 1996-97 to £750 million for 2005-06. Measures to increase take-up of Gift Aid and ensure greater awareness of how to give in a tax-efficient way have been widely consulted on this year, ahead of any changes coming into effect on income tax levels. Findings from the consultation will be made available in due course.