Oxfam accused of using gift aid for tax avoidance

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23 May 2016 | David Ainsworth

Gift aid is used by Oxfam and other charities as a form of tax avoidance, according to an article published last week by a right-wing think tank, questioning charities’ right to criticise tax havens.


Oxfam accused of using gift aid for tax avoidance

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Small Charitable Donations Bill announced in Queen’s Speech

The government has today announced its intention to introduce a Small Charitable Donations Bill to simplify the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

List of fastest growing charities published

Research showing the fastest growing charities between 2008-09 and 2012-13 has found that public money is the most common route to large-scale growth.

Shelter tells government to stop using its name to support anti-advocacy clause

The chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter has written to the government to ask them to stop using his charity's name in defence of an anti-advocacy policy.

British Red Cross cuts fundraising spend by 21 per cent

The British Red Cross reduced its spending on fundraising by more than a fifth last year, and has predicted a drop in fundraising income as a result.

Charity Finance was (and is) a truly proper read for anyone working in this industry. It was like Daniel himself - decent, informative, full of integrity and with a sprinkling of humour to lighten the load.

» Daniel Phelan: Publisher, editor, social entrepreneur, intellectual

Swimming against the tide: England's fastest growing charities 2009-2013

As part of his dissertation, Olof Williamson identified 101 charities to have spiked and then sustained growth of over 100 per cent between 2008 and 2014. He discusses what these charities have in common.

Individual donations fell in 2015, UK charitable giving report reveals

Overall giving to charity fell by 5 per cent to £9.6bn in 2015, with medical research charities receiving the biggest proportion, according to the Charities Aid Foundation’s latest report.

HMRC Credit: Furgus Burnett

Sector bodies are calling for the government to make a full impact assessment of gift aid donor benefit rules over concerns that the “highly complex” rules could deter small charities from claiming gift aid.

Comic Relief launches £9.5m fund to encourage innovation

Comic Relief has created a £9.5m fund from surplus investment income to “support innovative ways to tackle relief of poverty”, according to its annual report, published this week.

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