How to use your Scotland Loves Local Glasgow Gift Card
Scotland Loves Local Glasgow gift cards worth £105 each are starting to arrive in 85,000 homes across the city.
Eligible households are receiving Glasgow City Council gift cards to help with the cost of living crisis. Gift card recipients have already been notified.
The gift card will support thousands of households across Glasgow with the cost of living challenge, bringing with it a multi-million pound boost for businesses, helping them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scotland Loves Local Glasgow gift cards can only be spent at businesses registered to accept them and who have a physical presence in the city.
More than 700 companies have already registered to do so.
If yours is one of the households receiving the gift card, here’s your guide to how to use it and where you can spend it.
How do I activate my gift card?
Step 1. Have your unique activation code handy
Your activation code has already been sent to you in the letter you received by post at the beginning of August. If you cannot find your unique activation code, please visit www.glasgow.gov.uk/loveslocal for more information. You have until November 30, 2022 to activate your card.
Step 2. Activate your card
Insert your 16-digit card number found on the back of your card
Insert your unique activation code in UPPERCASE (this was sent to you in a letter from Glasgow City Council earlier in August)
How long do I have to spend my Scotland Loves Local Glasgow Gift Card?
Once you’ve activated your Scotland Loves Local Glasgow Gift Card, you’ll have 12 months to spend it.
Where can I spend my gift card?
You can spend your card at any of the hundreds of Glasgow businesses registered to accept it. Businesses of all types – from shops to cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions – are enrolled in the program. There is something for everyone. Go to www.glasgow22.scotlandgiftslocal.com/where-to-spend to view the list of businesses.
How do I know if I will receive a Scotland Loves Local Glasgow Gift Card from Glasgow City Council?
Households benefiting from a reduction in municipal taxes on June 1, 2022 are eligible for a gift card worth £105. The gift card will be sent to the primary holder of the designated council tax account. Households who benefit from an exemption from housing tax or who have requested a reduction in housing tax from June 2, 2022 are not eligible.
If I am eligible, how do I get my Scotland Loves Local Glasgow Gift Card?
Nothing. If your household is one of the 85,000 eligible, you will have already received a letter informing you of this. This contained your unique activation code. Your gift card will be sent automatically.
I started spending, but how do I check my card balance?
Go to www.getmybalance.com and insert your details to see the running total.
I received my card but I don’t have an activation code. What should I do?
Follow the advice at www.glasgow.gov.uk/loveslocal
What happens if I lose my card?
If your card has been activated and lost, it will not be replaced. Please keep your gift card in a safe place.
I am not eligible to receive a Glasgow City Council card. Can I still support local businesses by spending with a Scotland Loves Local Glasgow Gift Card, or send one to someone I know?
Scotland Loves Local Glasgow gift cards are available to everyone, just like any other gift card. You just choose the amount you want to load on them. They can be used by people who simply want to support local businesses, as a gift to a loved one or friend, or as a reward for staff or volunteers. They allow everyone to enjoy the best that the city has to offer. You can purchase a gift card by following the links at www.lovelocal.scot/giftcard.
I have not yet registered my business to accept the Scotland Loves Local Glasgow Gift Card. How do I do this?
It’s free to register your business to accept the Scotland Loves Local Glasgow Gift Card. The only requirements are that your business must have a physical presence in Glasgow and a Mastercard terminal. The registration process is easy to follow. Follow the links at www.lovelocal.scot/giftcard.