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EU no friend of charities
Date 13/04/2012 14:03  Author webmaster  Hits 822  Language Global
"Yet again we see the Government being forced into doing something deeply unpopular and counter-productive because of EU rules." - Godfrey Bloom MEP

New rules that the Government is introducing to restrict tax relief to Charities are already compromised by EU legislation.


Suggestions that the rule should apply only to non-UK based Charities whose bona-fides can be assured by the Charities Commission have been curtailed due to an ECJ judgement that forbids the Government from discriminating against charities from the other 26 countries in the EU.

Godfrey Bloom MEP
, the UKIP Economics spokesman said: "Yet again we see the Government being forced into doing something deeply unpopular and counter-productive because of EU rules.
 
"The ECJ Persche judgement of 2008 has meant that it is illegal for the Government to protect the income of UK-based charities which are regulated by the Charities Commission.

"As they cannot check on the activities of non-UK charities for misuse of status then they are left with either accepting tax-dodging, or bringing in donation restrictions for British Charities. They have chosen the latter.
 
"For years the third sector has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for the European Union and all its works, now they see that their income, their lifeblood is put at risk will they finally wake up. The EU is not their friend."


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