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FAQs

Who are the Cotswold Conservation Board?2016-11-28T12:49:30+00:00

The Cotswold Conservation Board is an independent statutory body that works to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswold AONB (Area of Natural Beauty). It is one of only two Conservation Boards in the country. It has 37 members from local authorities, parish councils and communities across the Cotswolds and a staff of 15+ members and 300+ volunteers.

How do the Friends of the Cotswolds work with the Cotswold Conservation Board?2016-11-28T12:47:46+00:00

The Cotswold Conservation Board are both our tenants and also one of our most important partners. As our tenants they rent the Old Prison from us, including the office space upstairs, the café, cells and exhibition space as well as all of the grounds. Managing the site on a day to day basis, they welcome visitors to the café and museum and also hold regular events at the site. To find out more about visiting the Old Prison, and upcoming events visit the Cotswold Conservation Board’s website 

As partners we work together on projects of shared interest. Developing interpretation at the Old Prison, and improving the amenities on site are key ways in which we work as partners.

 

What is Gift Aid?2016-11-28T12:52:54+00:00

Gift Aid is an income tax relief that helps you to give to charities. It doesn’t mean that you get money back, it means that we can claim more from your donation than you actually paid. It gives us an extra 25p to every £1 received in donations at no extra cost to you.

Will Gift Aid cost me?2016-11-09T11:49:46+00:00

No! As a donor you don’t pay any extra. We apply to the government for the income tax relief on the money you donate.

What do I need to do?2016-11-28T12:54:55+00:00

All you need to do is confirm that you want to donate through Gift Aid. We have the declaration in the form of a tick box. So all you need to do is tick that box when donating!

Why can charities claim Gift Aid?2016-11-28T12:58:53+00:00

Charities do not pay tax on most forms of income. As your donation is a form of income to us, we can claim back the income tax that you paid when you received this money. All charities can claim back the tax on financial gifts that they receive.

How do I know if I am eligible for Gift Aid?2016-11-28T12:59:35+00:00

If you are a UK tax payer who has paid either Income or Capital Gains tax in the current financial year, then you are eligible for Gift Aid. If you stop paying tax at any point, you need to let us know if you are a regular donor.

Are all of my donations eligible for Gift Aid?2016-11-28T13:00:26+00:00

Most likely yes. However, if your donations are more than four times the amount that you have paid in tax in the current financial year, then they won’t qualify for Gift Aid.

Do I pay Income Tax?2016-11-09T11:56:58+00:00

From April 2016, anyone earning above £11,000 per financial year will pay income tax. If your income is below this then you can’t claim Gift Aid on your donations.

What if I’m a higher rate taxpayer?2016-11-09T12:00:04+00:00

As a higher rate taxpayer you can claim the difference between the basic rate of tax on your donation (25%) and the higher rate of income tax you pay. You either do this through your Self-Assessment tax return, or by contacting HMRC and asking them to amend you tax code.

Find out more about Gift Aid from HMRC here

 

What is PayPal?2016-11-09T12:01:47+00:00

PayPal is a service that processes payments. It enables you to send money, accept payments and make payments. Without revealing your financial details. It’s quick, easy and can link to your bank account, debit or credit card.

Is PayPal secure?2016-11-28T13:03:22+00:00

Yes. We use PayPal to process our one-off donations. Paypal is used by millions of businesses and customers across the world. PayPal protects your financial information and ensures industry leading fraud and security measures with the latest data encryption and anti-fraud technology. Your financial information will never be shared with us and you receive an emailed receipt of your transaction.

What is GoCardless?2016-11-09T12:06:56+00:00

We use GoCardless to collect Direct Debits payments used with our membership scheme. It is fully automated, works with over 20,000 merchants in the UK and Europe and processes over £1 billion of payments each year.

Is GoCardless secure?2016-11-28T13:04:05+00:00

Yes. GoCardless are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to provide payment services as an Authorised Payment Institution. They provide this service to more businesses that any other Direct Debit provider. To ensure security for customers GoCardless have a number of measures in place:

  • Access to the Direct Debit system for GoCardless is provided by one of Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank or SEB; some of Europe’s biggest banks
  • All customer data is protected by European data protection laws
  • All client-server communication is encrypted above the securing level required
With GoCardless am I still protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee?2016-11-09T12:10:36+00:00

Yes. You are fully protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee which entitles you to a full and immediate refund on any payments taken from your account in error.