P532 Teletext 532 Dec11 23:16:23       ————————————————————————   FIND THE BEST DEAL ON CHARITY CARDS Millions are spent each year on charity Christmas cards - but how much actually goes to charitable causes? While some cards give 100% to good causes, many of those bought on the high street give less than 10p in the pound. But does less than 5p in the £1 really count as a "charity card"? The Charities Advisory Trust, which advises charities on trading issues, considers 10% to be the bare minimum. ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— by Ruth Mansergh GET AWAY FROM IT ALL! HOLIDAYS p200 Money news Product Homes Cinema
P532 Teletext 532 Dec11 23:12:11       ————————————————————————   FIND THE BEST DEAL ON CHARITY CARDS Generally, the cardmaker pays any charitable contribution on Christmas cards. So on a £3.99 pack of cards: The VAT man gets 60p. The card manufacturer gets £1.16. The charity - if it's a 5% donation - gets 20p. The retailer gets the lion's share - a thumping £2.03. ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— "Best buy" personal loans 546 CHECK OUR CHRISTMAS EVENT GUIDE p370 Money news Product Homes Cinema
P532 Teletext 532 Dec11 23:17:18       ————————————————————————   FIND THE BEST DEAL ON CHARITY CARDS To ensure that charities rather than shops benefit the most when you buy charitable Christmas cards, remember: By law, retailers must declare what goes to charity. So check carefully. Say no to below 10%. Don't buy cards if less than 10% goes to charity. Buy real charity cards at charity shops, or from a not-for-profit organisation such as Card Aid. ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— "Best buy" credit cards 546 HAD AN ACCIDENT? OWED COMPENSATION? FIND OUT ON ITV1 p386 Money news Product Homes Cinema
P532 Teletext 532 Dec11 23:13:45       ————————————————————————   FIND THE BEST DEAL ON CHARITY CARDS A range of charity Christmas cards stocked by the John Lewis Partnership has been specifically criticised by the Charities Advisory Trust. The Canns Down Press Cards are sold in aid of the Royal Academy, but less than 1.5% of the price actually goes there. Other offenders include the PQ2 range at Fenwicks and the Caroline Gardner cards at Harrods, both of which give under 5% to their chosen charities. ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— Personal Finance headlines today 531 For all the seasonal fun in your area go to our Christmas event guide p370 Money news Product Homes Cinema
P532 Teletext 532 Dec11 23:18:11       ————————————————————————   FIND THE BEST DEAL ON CHARITY CARDS The Charities Advisory Trust found that WH SMith had the least generous of the own brand ranges of charity Christmas cards, with just 5% going to charity. The group said Clinton Cards was better, giving 21% to charity, but it noted that labelling is unclear. The retailer's cards say that 25% goes to charity, but fails to make it clear that this means 25% after VAT - or 21% of the actual sale price. ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— Work out your holiday money 547 POLYPHONIC RINGTONES SEE p662 Money news Product Homes Cinema
P532 Teletext 532 Dec11 23:17:48       ————————————————————————   FIND THE BEST DEAL ON CHARITY CARDS The most generous charity christmas card seller is Card Aid, says the Charities Advisory Trust. It gives all profits to charity, which means a minimum of 35% and up to 60% of the cost price. Last year, an average of 40% of the cost of the card went to charity. Card Aid has 40 temporary card shops. For more information visit cardaid.co.uk or call 020 7433 3636. ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— Are you a Premium Bond winner? 539 WANNA FLIRT? CHAT ON TV BY (EXT! SEE ITV1 p369 Money news Product Homes Cinema
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