This story has been amended. See final paragraph.
Barclays’ smartphone payments app Pingit has launched a new ‘donate with Gift Aid’ function that aims to make it easier for users to make Gift-Aided donations.
People making donations using the app are given the option to select Gift Aid and make a declaration in "one extra tap" when they scan a charity’s QR code or select a charity from the business directory, the bank said. This allows the charity to claim back basic rate tax relief on that donation.
QR codes can be displayed on charities’ websites, leaflets, posters or billboards. Donations go immediately into the charity’s corporate current account with Barclays.
A spokeswoman for Barclays said charities would need an account with Barclays to benefit from the app and there would be a charge to the charity, based on the volume of transactions.
Pingit, launched in February last year, can be downloaded for free and works on iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones. It allows people to make payments instantly and receive money using UK mobile phone numbers to anyone in the UK with a current account without the need to share bank details.
Macmillan used the app as part of its World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign last year. It was used by 51 fundraisers, who contributed £218 out of a total £15m raised. A Macmillan spokeswoman pointed out that the app had only just been launched at the time of the campaign and said she hoped it would raise more this year, especially with the added Gift Aid function.
The original story said that Pingit could only be used by customers of Barclays, but it can actually be used by all smartphone users.