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Sarah Clune reviews the Attorney General's second reference on public benefit, the latest news on the Catholic Care case, and Full Fact's appeal against the commission’s decision not to register it as a charity

15 August 2011

Public benefit

The Attorney General’s second reference on public benefit in relation to institutions for the relief of poverty with a restricted pool of beneficiaries defined by reference to their relationship with either one or more entities or one or more individuals will be heard over approximately four days from 14 November 2011.

The reference is to determine whether institutions for the relief of poverty among a restricted pool of beneficiaries defined by a relationship to an individual (poor relations charities) or an employer (company employee charities) or membership of an unincorporated association (membership charities) satisfy the public benefit test.

At the time of writing, 18 organisations have been given permission to make written representations to the First-tier Tribunal (Charity). However, the tribunal rejected an application by the Association of Charity Officers (ACO) to be joined as a party but has granted the organisati...

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