CFG comments on release of consultation on Gift Aid and digital giving

3rd July 2013

Caron Bradshaw, CEO at CFG, said: "We welcome this consultation and the Government's commitment to modernising Gift Aid, making it more accessible to future innovations and improving efficiency for charities using it.

"Gift Aid is an extremely important source of support to charities, and a vital incentive to encourage giving. However, there have always been challenges with uptake and bureaucracy. As we grow and develop as a sector and new fundraising channels develop, the Gift Aid scheme needs to grow with us. This also sends a positive message from HM Treasury that they recognise and value the contribution of the sector.

"It's great that there are several options being looked at in the consultation from changing the Gift Aid declaration to more dramatic steps such as developing a universal declaration database. It's essential that we think creatively about how those small and big proposals might impact on possibilities for improving applicability of Gift Aid, as well as to ideas that may not have even been thought of yet. There is a risk that we will not as a sector fully utilise the potential of this consultation to 'think outside the box' - a wide level of engagement with a range of stakeholders is therefore essential. I encourage charities to engage.

"CFG will be looking at the proposals in more detail and talking to our members to get a better idea of how the process can be streamlined. We will also be engaging with intermediaries and potential intermediaries in the digital giving sphere."

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