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. The talking news consists of local news, culture & events, interviews with people of interest, Beacon news & whereabouts, home & garden tips and much more.

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.

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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The Latest issue of the Talking News

Catch up on the latest news and information with our weekly podcast, this week we have. £20 million for ‘futuristic’ A&E revamp the emergency, Interserve looking for a rescue deal, A council will bid for £350,000 of lottery funding which would be used to stop children running away from care. Joy for campaigners as Saltwells homes plan scrapped and much more.

In Culture we have Christmas shopping markets on Dudley street, a Christmas spectacular with special guest Kimberley Walsh a Choral Christmas with Matt Baker and a Christmas carol by Charles Dickens.

In the VI News a Blind woman is developing tech for the good of others, information on a campaign that has been launched to tackle macular Disease. This time our tip of the week will be focusing on how to cope with sight loss.

The flashback of the week is looking at the history of the Beacon Tower situated in sedgley.

This weeks 10 minutes with we are taking another interview from the archives and speaking to two engineers from the BBC.

Then we have beacon news where we are focusing on the impact that beacon has on those who use the services including two testimonies from customers who attend the day centre in Stourbridge.

Better home and garden is going to focus on keeping your house warm during the winter.

The sport report this week has information on local soccer, rugby, cricket, speedway and Curling.

And Finally we have our countdown until Christmas.

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