BelSoc Matters

Posted on 16/5/2021

Gift Aid: Update

As members will know from BelSoc’s end-year financial statement for 2020, in that year we made our first claim to HMRC in respect of our Gift Aid entitlement as a registered charity. This has resulted in a payment to BelSoc of over £350, additional income which will be of considerable help in pursuing our charitable activities and objectives. 

You may also like to know that under HMRC rules, where charities have multiple subscriptions/donations to claim for, as BelSoc does, and these are for £30 or less, donations can be aggregated (i.e. lumped together) when a claim is made, which in turn means that there is no requirement for us to supply HMRC with personal information such as names, addresses etc. 

We are most grateful to those members who have so far agreed to Gift Aid their membership subscriptions.  If any member has not yet submitted a Gift Aid declaration form, and wishes to do so, do get in touch at or give Anne Stevens a ring on 020 7794 0874.

Tradesmen You Can Trust 2021

The good news is that this May you, our members, are receiving paper copies of TYCT at the usual time, rather than three months late!

The number of tradesmen listed is pretty well the same as last year, due to your responses to the email we circulated in March – for which a big “Thank you”.

Hopefully, now that we seem to be exiting some lockdown restrictions, you will be indulging in more home and garden renovations; a little bird told us that many £s are being spent on gardens so we’re hoping for a bumper crop of new gardeners, paving, decking, fencing  and garden pot specialists, etc. to boost our 2022 booklet. Remember you can send your recommendations throughout the year to or fill in the form in the booklet or on our website.

Let’s hope for a lovely, blue-skied Summer and Autumn with a little less wind than of late and plenty of occasional rain, so you can keep all those tradesmen busy.