The announcement in the Queen’s Speech that there would be new legislation to claim top-up payments broadly equivalent to gift aid received a fairly mixed response. Writing on the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network, NAVCA’s chief executive Joe Irvin called on sector leaders to be more positive and supportive of good news such as this. While I am prepared to accept that this is not bad news for the sector – and in the current environment anything which isn’t bad is probably quite good. But I cannot get more positive than that and my own reaction was that it was ‘practically irrelevant’. The small donations bill will allow charities to claim up to £1,250 on donations a year, where individual donations are less than £20. Of course that amount can make a difference to the lives of people in need and for charities that operate on a shoestring (by far the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Toby Blume is former chief executive of Urban Forum. He now divides his time between working for Lambeth Council helping to implement their Cooperative Council vision, for the Design Council as a Built Environment Expert and on setting up a new free school, the Archer Academy, in North London.
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