Black Country Talking News

The Talking News is a free service which is sent out each week to almost 200 people living with sight loss to help them keep in touch with their community. We also produce a monthly magazine, also sent out to almost 200 people, where we interview local people of interest.
We are reliant on donations to help cover our production costs so if you like what you listen to then please make a donation and help us to continue to provide this vital service.

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Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Beacon Centre for the Blind to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Beacon Centre for the Blind we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

If you no longer wish to or take a break from regular donation payments from your bank. Please contact us on with your details.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Beacon Centre for the Blind to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Beacon Centre for the Blind will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Beacon Centre for the Blind receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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Catch up on the latest news, sport and a sight loss life hack and what’s on round up in this week’s talking news.

Want to know what’s coming up including why your local museum could be opening at night? Take a listen to our what’s on round up which has also got a kitchen based sight loss life hack.

Heard the one about the fake speed camera? you can now on our weekly news round up. We’ve also got the latest on the 2017 general election and plans for a new food festival and our weekly sports report is back and this week we’ve got a round up of what’s being going on in the world of cricket, tennis news – including why Andy Murray is celebrating, a surprising ‘green’ newcomer to the football league, a preview of the British and lions rugby tour and the last club rugby match of the season.

Catch up on the lastest news, sport and information from across the Black Country and Staffordshire.

This week we have got the story on the sisters who were reunited for the first time when they got a job at the same restaurant, the man who had been using a fake driving licence for 35 years and an increase in cases of so called ‘legal highs’.

Our sports report has got the latest on local and national cricket as well as updates from tennis, football, rugby and speedway where Wolves are on the rampage.

In our what’s on and sight loss life hack this week you can get help with how to cut something in the kitchen.

Tune in and catch up on the latest news from around the region