Covid-19: Churches and Places of Worship - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:29 pm on 9th July 2020.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Lord Shutt of Greetland Lord Shutt of Greetland Chair, Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 Committee, Chair, Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 Committee 12:29 pm, 9th July 2020

My Lords, churches and places of worship have suffered during the pandemic because of the lack of giving on the plate or in the collection bag, and from the lack of fundraising events. Since 1922, the state has had an involvement with places of worship through the deed of covenant scheme, replaced in 1990 by gift aid. Would it not be a wonderful thing if the Government were to double gift aid in the tax year 2020-21? Will the Minister speak to the Chancellor accordingly?