CON­CERN FOR CHAR­I­TIES

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment -

I read with in­ter­est your ar­ti­cle on the re­cent gov­ern­ment pro­pos­als to cap tax re­lief on char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions ( Char­i­ties fight Bud­get change on big donors, March 30). I would like to ex­press my con­cern that such a cap would dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the funds avail­able to many char­i­ties.

As a trustee of a char­ity ac­count or­gan­i­sa­tion, I know from ex­pe­ri­ence that many phi­lan­thropists give very large do­na­tions and this source of char­i­ta­ble in­come should not be ne­glected. A cap would send out the wrong mes­sage by clearly dis­cour­ag­ing in­di­vid­u­als to do­nate large amounts. At times where dras­tic gov­ern­ment cuts and in­fla­tion­ary pres­sures are hit­ting char­i­ties hard, such pro­pos­als could have dis­as­trous con­se­quences. Yitzak Katz Trustee, Achi­so­moch Aid Com­pany Hoop Lane , London, NW11

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