Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill — Extension of Range of Relevant Payment Methods — 15 Nov 2016 at 16:45
The majority of MPs voted against extending the range of payment methods which are covered by the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.
Gift Aid is the scheme under which charities can reclaim any basic rate income tax paid on a gift from HMRC.
The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme enables charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs to claim a Gift Aid style top-up payment on small donations up to £20 in circumstances where it is not practical or feasible to obtain a Gift Aid declaration.
MPs were considering the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill.
The proposed new amendment rejected in this vote was:
- amendment 1, page 2, leave out lines 1 to 6 and insert—
- “(a) in the heading after “small”, delete “cash payment” and insert “donation”;
- (b) in sub-paragraph (1) omit the words “in cash”;
- (c) after that sub-paragraph insert—
- “(1A) The gift must be made—
- (b) by cheque;
- (c) by electronic communication; or
- (d) by a contactless payment.”
- (d) in sub-paragraph (3) after the definition of “cash” insert—
- “cheque” means a written order instructing a bank to pay upon its presentation to the person designated in it, or the to the person possessing it, a certain sum of money from the account of the person who draws it; “electronic communication” means a payment made via the internet or text message.”
The rejected amendment was accompanied by an explanatory note saying:
- This amendment would extend the range of methods by which payments can be made under the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.
-  Explanatory notes to the Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill
-  Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||279 (+2 tell)||0||0||85.7%|
|Lab||0||179 (+2 tell)||0||78.0%|