Prince Charles’s architecture foundation could face investigation – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2009 in charities, news, royal family, undue influence by sally

“Charity Commission considers whether to launch inquiry after allegations prince has undue influence over direction of Foundation for the Built Environment.”

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The Guardian, 20th August 2009


Private schools threaten legal action to keep charity millions – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2009 in charities, education, news, school admissions by sally

“The head of the organisation that represents the country’s top independent schools today issued a threat to the government’s charities watchdog that it may consider legal action against moves to force private schools to open up their facilities to pupils from low-income homes.”

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The Guardian, 11th August 2009


Catholic charities breaking law on homosexual adoption – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 3rd, 2009 in adoption, charities, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“Catholic charities who discriminate against homosexual couples who want to adopt children are breaking the law, the Charity Tribunal has ruled.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2009


Charity loses funding to help child refugees wrongly classified as adults – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2009 in asylum, charities, children, education, news by sally

“Hundreds of children fleeing war and persecution will be wrongly denied education and given no more help than adult asylum seekers in the UK under controversial changes introduced by the government, a leading charity warned yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 1st June 2009


Prince’s Trust Thatcher lunch broke charity laws – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2009 in charities, news, political parties by sally

“The Prince of Wales’ youth charity broke the law by running a joint fundraising event with an offshoot of the Conservative party, watchdog the Charity Commission ruled today.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2009


Persche v Finanzamt Lüdenscheid – Times Law Reports

Posted February 4th, 2009 in charities, EC law, gifts, income tax, law reports by sally

Persche v Finanzamt Lüdenscheid

Court of Justice of the European Communities

“Article 56 EC on the free movement of capital enabled eligible tax deductions on gifts made to charitable bodies in the taxpayer’s state also to be claimed on gifts made to charities within the European Union outside the taxpayer’s state.”

The Times, 3rd February 2009


Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Persche v Finanzamt Lüdenscheid – WLR Daily

Posted January 29th, 2009 in charities, EC law, income tax, law reports by sally

Persche v Finanzamt Lüdenscheid (Case C-318/07); [2009] WLR (D) 27

It was contrary to Community law to refuse income tax deductibility for a donation to a charity established in another member state where it was allowed in the case of charities established in the taxpayer’s state and the taxpayer had no opportunity to show that the donation satisfied the legislative requirements for the grant of deductibility.”

WLR Daily, 28th January 2009


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Lawyers hit out at Phil Woolas over claims asylum seeker charities are playing the system – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 19th, 2008 in asylum, charities, news by sally

“Immigration minister Phil Woolas faced a scathing attack from leading lawyers after suggesting those representing asylum seekers were ‘playing the system’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th November 2008


Schools charity donation broke law – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2008 in charities, education, news, political parties by sally

“An education charity has been found to have breached charity laws by donating £7,500 of its funds to the Labour party.”

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The Guardian, 8th September 2008


Single-minded pursuit – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2008 in charities, local government, minorities, special report by sally

“Government guidance on cohesion is thought to have spurred some councils to stop funding black and minority ethnic charities. But now a high court victory could force a serious rethink. Saba Salman reports.”

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The Guardian, 30th July 2008


Thinktank linked to Gordon Brown breached charity laws – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2008 in charities, news, political parties by sally

“A thinktank with close links to Gordon Brown was today found to have breached charity laws by getting involved in party politics.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2008


Charities ‘should be subject to human rights’ – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2008 in charities, freedom of information, human rights, news by sally

“Human rights and freedom of information legislation should be extended to cover charities and social enterprises that deliver public services, such as care homes, a report said today.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2008


Charities face crackdown on fundraising through ‘guilt’ gifts – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2008 in charities, gifts, news by sally

“Charity watchdogs are to crack down on fundraisers who send out unsolicited gifts to make potential donors feel guilty enough to give money.”

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2008


Charity rules illegal, say independent schools – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2008 in charities, education, news by sally

“Independent schools are threatening legal action over new rules that would force them to offer more free places to children from poor backgrounds.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2008


New warning to faith charities – The Guardian

Posted February 29th, 2008 in charities, news by sally

“Faith charities encouraging or promoting violence or hatred risk losing their charitable status as part of a radical overhaul proposed by the Charity Commission.”

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The Guardian, 29th February 2008


Private schools told, you can’t be an exclusive club – and a charity – The Times

Posted January 16th, 2008 in charities, education, news by sally

“Independent schools should not operate as exclusive clubs for children of the well-off but must show that they exist for the wider public benefit if they are to retain charitable tax breaks worth about £100 million a year.”

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The Times, 16th January 2008


Public schools reject charity rules – The Times

Posted January 14th, 2008 in charities, education, news by sally

“Britain’s leading public schools have rejected as unworkable regulations that would force them to open their doors to pupils from poor families.”

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The Times, 14th January 2008


Revealed: how UK banks exploit charity tax laws – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2007 in banking, charities, news by sally

“Britain’s high street banks have raised billions of pounds in funds through complex financial deals that use supposedly charitable trusts which are not donating a penny to good causes, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 5th December 2007


A twisty trail: from Northern Rock to Jersey to a tiny charity – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2007 in banking, charities, news by sally

“Northern Rock is facing a Charity Commission investigation after it emerged that the bank exploited the name of a charity for disabled children while creating an elaborate financial arrangement for maximising profits from home loans.”

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The Guardian, 28th November 2007


Camelot faces probe into axed charity funding – The Observer

Posted October 22nd, 2007 in charities, gambling, news by sally

“Camelot, the National Lottery operator, will be questioned by the Charity Commission this week over the running of its charitable arm.”

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The Observer, 21st October 2007