On Sun, 9 Apr 2017 16:09:08 +0100, "Richard J."
Post by Richard J. Post by Recliner Post by Offramp
That is a great idea; we deserve a bit of a break since we pay a lot of
tax. I wonder of any other tourist sites give the same incentive.
Yes, that is a good idea, and I've not come across it elsewhere, though
some tourist attractions do sell discounted tickets to local residents.
A number of tourist attractions do offer (a) 12-month validity at no
extra charge, and (b) Gift Aid, but I don't think I've seen the 12-month
validity linked to Gift Aid before. I disagree with that link. Just
because you're a taxpayer, you get 12-month validity. But if your
income is below the level at which you pay income tax, you have to pay
for every visit. Not a good idea, IMHO.
I think by the rules that Gift aid schemes come under you have the
right to make a donation without the gift aid element and still get
the 12 months admission.
It's the conversion from an admittance fee to a donation that triggers
it. Organizations cannot claim anything back via the gift aid scheme
if it is not a "Gift" which an admission fee cannot be.
Don't know what the particular situation at St Paul's is but some
places will charge x cost for admission and then if a gift element of
at least 10% is added the rules allow the organization to claim on the
This can make the up front cost to the visitor a little more than the
admission ticket alone whose lower figure is not always made obvious.
The 12 month period makes the higher figure including the donation
more attractive, though I bet 90% of visitors don't use it again and
would have been better off asking about the cost without the gift aid
donation which is almost forced on people.
These charities though know people in a queue don't like asking in
front others it makes them look like miserable tight buggers and get
away with it, Now charities on the whole do things that may not be
done by others but when you get to the large ones remember that they
are run by business minded people who are usually on a good salary but
have got themselves a position where not only a good number of their
subordinates are on minimum wage but quite legally another sector of
the workforce isn't being paid at all and are doing tasks voluntary.