Government has 'no plans' for universal Gift Aid database

The Treasury publishes its response to its consultation on Gift Aid and digital giving

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The Treasury

The government has confirmed that it has no plans to introduce a universal Gift Aid database after running a consultation on the idea. 

The Treasury has today published its response to last year's consultation on Gift Aid and digital giving, which invited views on subjects including how a universal Gift Aid database might work.

The response says that although many respondents to the consultation were broadly supportive of a universal Gift Aid database, the government has no plans to set up such a system.

"While there are no current plans to introduce a universal Gift Aid declaration database, the information provided by those responding to the consultation will be of use in supporting longer-term thinking about the future of Gift Aid administration," the response says.

Respondents raised concerns about how the administration of such a system might work, and whether charities might be required to carry out more administrative functions if it was introduced, it says.

Respondents estimated that such a system could cost anything between £1m and £20m to set up and run.

The Treasury response says that the government will continue to raise the profile of Gift Aid and has set up a working group chaired by the Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs on Gift Aid promotion and the Gift Aid declaration.

The group involves charities, behavioural insights experts and professional fundraisers, the response says.

"The nature of the promotion developed will depend on the input from the working group, but the government’s intention is that, as stakeholders have suggested, they should place greater emphasis on setting out clearly the benefits to charities from claiming Gift Aid," it says.

"The government will look to charities and sector representative bodies to play a significant role in disseminating messages and information about Gift Aid to the wider charity population through their existing networks."

One of the group’s tasks will be to develop a new model Gift Aid declaration, as announced last year.

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