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Muslim Aid Welcomes Chancellor’s Budget Measures for the Charity Sector

Muslim Aid has welcomed the measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne in his second budget speech in Parliament on 23 March 2011 to help the charity sector and encourage the culture of public giving for good causes.

Muslim Aid also announced that it will launch a legacy scheme in the near future to take advantage of the new measures under which  an estate leaving 10 per cent or more to charity will pay a reduced rate of inheritance tax of 36 per cent.

Commenting on the Chancellor’s new measures, a spokesperson said: "Muslim Aid welcomes the scrapping of the requirement for gift aid declarations for small donations up to £5000 and the rise in gift aid benefit limit from £500 to £2500 subject to the existing 5% cap. This will not only help small charities raise gift aid but will also encourage people to donate more to charity”. “Muslim Aid would have preferred these measures coming into force from April this year instead of being phased over the next two years", added the spokesperson.

 

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  • Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 25 years, Muslim Aid has expanded its work to cover over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief; capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes; education and skills training; micro-financing and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.
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