There used to be a welcome consensus on charities in the UK. We all knew a charity when we saw one. If you were doing something to further education, or the welfare of animals, or looking after children, you were running a charity and you could claim tax exemptions.
Like much else which was traditional, lightly regulated and worked, this was not good enough for Nulab. Under them they pushed the envelope in two directions. Educational charities were challenged for being elitist, and had to jump through new hoops to keep their tax status. New charities sprang up, which some of you are calling bogus. Some of these new “charities” spend considerable sums on what looks like political campaigning, some through detached political wings and some in other ways.
Clearly there needs to be a new charity settlement which is fair and which works. I would like to hear from you about what types of things should and should not be qualifying activities for charitable status. Please don’t make the editing job too difficult by too many libels against existing institutions, however tempting it may be!