The Small Charitable Donations Bill, which is currently under government debate, will put forward the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS).This has the potential to benefit charities by allowing them to claim up to £5,000 every year from small donations. The bill was passed yesterday from the House of Commons to the House of Lords for further review.
The Scottish National Party MP for Banff and Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford, vocalised the importance of the bill to cover non-cash giving, “The reality is that technological developments, especially with smartphones and tablets, mean that the number of electronic cashless donation options is growing.” However, her suggestion was not taken any further, although the Economic Secretary to the treasury, Sajid Javid, confirmed that this point would be reviewed in three years’ time.
There was additional talk over whether there should be a review in two years regarding GASDS, but Javid dismissed this, sticking to the three year time frame.
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