Char­i­ties earn four times UK av­er­age

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

JEWISH CHAR­I­TIES in Eng­land and Wales are rais­ing more than £708 mil­lion a year, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Char­ity Com­mis­sion this week.

This fig­ure com­pares with £41.263 bil­lion for char­i­ties na­tion­ally. Jewish char­i­ta­ble in­come is there­fore equiv­a­lent to £2,720 for ev­ery Jewish per­son in Eng­land and Wales, com­pared to a na­tional char­i­ta­ble av­er­age of £701 per head.

And al­though the num­ber of Jews in Bri­tain may have been fall­ing, the num­ber of Jewish char­i­ties has been ris­ing: 120 Jewish char­i­ties have been reg­is­ter­ing with the com­mis­sion ev­ery year over the past five years.

There are 2,351 Jewish char­i­ties on the com­mis­sion’s books — one per cent of the to­tal of 190,439 char­i­ties for Eng­land and Wales as a whole.

There are nine Jewish char­i­ties for ev­ery 100 Jews, com­pared with three char­i­ties per 1,000 peo­ple na­tion­ally.

The num­ber of Jewish char­i­ties in­creased by more than a third over the last five years, with 600 new reg­is­tra­tions. The com­mis­sion does not have a break­down of whether th­ese are new or­gan­i­sa­tions are private trusts.

But the to­tal may be an un­der­es­ti­mate, since only those which specif­i­cally list Jewish causes among their ob­jec­tives would be counted by the com­mis­sion.

Six per cent of Jewish char­i­ties — 141 — en­joy an an­nual in­come of £1 mil­lion or over (which may in­clude state grants, as well as do­na­tions).

Forty per cent of Jewish char­i­ties have an in­come of un­der £10,000 a year; 30 per cent from £10,000 to £100,000; 12 per cent from £100,000 to £250,000; and 12 per cent from £250,000 to £1 mil­lion.

The pub­li­ca­tion of the data fol­lows con­sul­ta­tions with Jewish char­i­ties by the com­mis­sion as part of a gen­eral move to im­prove un­der­stand­ing of faith-based groups.

One re­quest made by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Jewish char­i­ties was for the reg­u­la­tor to be “more proac­tive in speak­ing out against ver­bal and writ­ten an­tisemitic at­tacks on Jewish char­i­ties”.

The Char­ity Com­mis­sion has changed its reg­is­tra­tion forms and guid­ance doc­u­ments to ap­prove char­i­ties work­ing in the “Oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian Ter­ri­to­ries”, it con­firmed to the JC this week.

This was in line with For­eign Of­fice ter­mi­nol­ogy, said an of­fi­cial, and was “part of a wider re­de­vel­op­ment of our de­fined ar­eas of op­er­a­tion. We have up­dated our lo­cal author­ity ar­eas within Eng­land and Wales and ex­tended the up­date to in­ter­na­tional ar­eas of op­er­a­tion.”

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