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Make post codes free to Charities

Comment 1st July 2010

Post code data is needed by small and large charities for effective marketing and to ensure accuracy of gift aid claims. As small charities usually cannot justify the high cost of post code information, they waste time and effort entering data manually and making a proportion of errors along the way.

Although post code data by location is now in the public domain, it is not in an easy to use format for small charities with limited I T skills to make use of.

Registered charities should have free access to all UK addresses and post codes. They should also have free access to the location data for all UK post codes an one simple table to download.

Why does this matter?

The charity sector is vital to support, encourage and make efficient. Free and easy to use post code data will help small charities grow and all communnity based charities to be more efficient.

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