£105 gift cards to be given to 85,000 Glasgow homes

Glasgow City Council has approved plans to send free £105 gift cards to 85,000 low-income households across the city.

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These cards can be spent at businesses in Glasgow, with over 700 businesses of all sizes registered across the city so far, and nearly 400 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the process of being registered.

The council received £9.5million from the Scottish Government’s Scotland Loves Local campaign fund for the project.

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£8.85 million will be used directly to allocate the gift cards, including £423,110 to be used as discretionary funding by the council to support groups also affected by the current cost of living crisis. The rest of the funding will be used to cover the administrative costs of the program.

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The Scotland Loves Local campaign aims to encourage Scots to think local first and support businesses in their local high streets.

You will be able to spend the Glasgow Loves Local gift card across the city.

Data from the City Tax System will now be used to identify Glasgow households eligible for the City Tax Reduction (CTR), which in turn will be used to identify households that would be eligible to receive a prepaid gift card.

The Covid Low-Income Gift Cards will be administered by Miconex, the delivery partners of Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The cards are expected to be sent directly to eligible households throughout July – there will be no need for an application process.

To reduce the risk of theft, cards will need to be activated. The authentication process will see the card recipient be asked to enter their local Scotland Loves Gift Card and National Insurance numbers on a dedicated website, and if the numbers match the record held, the balance will be uploaded immediately.

Councilor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The gift cards will give businesses in the city a much-needed boost after two years of the pandemic and the resulting impact on trade. But they will also support tens of thousands of low-income households and those receiving practical assistance, which we hope can make a positive difference for them during the worst cost of living crisis. life for decades.

“As the number of businesses registered with the scheme continues to grow, we are still encouraging as many as possible – especially small and medium-sized businesses – to sign up. We want local high streets in each of Glasgow’s communities benefit from this measure.”

Michael N. Clark