Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Gives New Meaning to, 'Government Commission'

Disaster relief is a growth industry in Scotland:

CALLS for the Treasury to stop raising tax on charitable donations were made last night, after it emerged the Asian tsunami appeal is missing out on millions of pounds.

As the public’s response to the appeal grew closer to £100 million, charities and politicians demanded the government expand the Gift Aid system, which can add an extra 28p to every pound donated, provided UK taxpayers ask for this to be done.

It has emerged that up to half of donors to the appeal have failed to claim the tax relief, leaving millions of pounds of revenue with the government. Yet the Treasury last night refused to release the money.

Credit card companies had earlier been praised for waiving their fees on donations.

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP’s deputy leader, said the government was being mean by profiting from the misery of others. She said: "There is no question that the government should not be top-slicing donations to this fund. It is appalling.


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