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Mixed reaction to U-turn

On January 10, the Charity Commission announced it will allow an Exclusive Brethren church to register for charitable status after it turned the group down in 2012.


In its previous arguments against the church, the regulator criticised the church’s trustees (Preston Down Trust – PDT) on grounds that the group did not meet the ‘public benefit’ requirement of the Charities Act 2006 and that the trust’s communion services are reserved for members only. PDT will now be able to register as a charity on the condition that its trust deed, a binding document, reflects clearer ‘doctrines and practices’.