Rosamund McCarthy has been quoted in a Third Sector article which highlights how the charitable status of some think tanks may have become controversial.
The issue has come about as charites are not allowed to have a political purpose, however most think tanks are charities even though they usually have a particular political philosophy and may be linked to a political party. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs select committee has noted they are concerned by "an apparent lack of consistency in the application of rules" for think tanks.
There has been debate regarding Charity Commission guidance in this area. Rosamund has commented that it is not sufficient for the commission to rely on published case reports that are often quite fact-specific - bespoke, wide-ranging guidance would be helpful to think tanks, which attract a disproportionate number of complaints. There is already specific guidance for other potentially controversial groups, such as corporate foundations, she points out.
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Posted on 21/01/2016 in BWB In The MediaBack to Knowledge