Plans for Gift Aid reform

An agenda for Gift Aid reform will be in place by September and will be followed by an announcement in the 2011 Budget, charity representatives were told at a meeting on 9th June. The timetable was laid out at a meeting of the Gift Aid Forum, a discussion group involving charity umbrella bodies and the Treasury. The forum, meeting for the first time since the election, confirmed that the coalition government would stick to the timetable originally laid out by the Labour administration. The meeting was attended by Justine Greening, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, and Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, as well as about 30 civil servants and charity representatives. Greening promised an open-minded hearing for all charity views on Gift Aid. “I am keen to hear your views about both fundamental policy change and more practical process change. I hope that by working together we will find practical and sector-led solutions that work for charities and for government in these challenging times” she said at the meeting.