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John Barrett MP

John Barrett MP for Edinburgh West, 2001-2010

Gift Aid campaign with Edinburgh Zoo

Thank you to the thousands of people who sent in postcards, supporting the campaign of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland on Gift Aid.

This is an important issue as the proposals by the Chancellor to end Gift Aid claims on 'day memberships' could reduce Edinburgh Zoo's income by £500,000 a year and cost many other charities millions of pounds in lost revenue.  The change will put into jeopardy much of the work these charities do and could even force some to cease operations altogether.

After meeting with staff at Edinburgh Zoo, John Barrett tabled a parliamentary motion, calling on the Government to reverse its plans.  This was the motion mentioned on the postcard, Early Day Motion 727, which has now been signed by MPs from all the main parties. 

Further information

News items

Barrett calls for helping hand for charities, 15 November 2006
Barrett slams Treasury over Energy Saving Trust VAT Bill, 31 July 2006
Barrett calls for VAT breaks for charities, 27 December 2005

John Barrett MP at Edinburgh Zoo with the Gift Aid petition

John Barrett MP at Edinburgh Zoo with the Gift Aid petition

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