National Theatre chief budget calls move "strange" in the midst of the turmoil in the supply cabinet of Chancellor to target rich
a powerful alliance of aid groups, charities and arts organizations is launching a frontal assault on the Treasury plans to limit tax breaks for philanthropists, warning that they will a devastating impact on the culture of giving in the heart of the "Great Society" by David Cameron.
Revolt - with organizations as diverse as Unicef, Macmillan Cancer Support, the National Theatre and the Royal Academy of Arts - comes amid signs of pressure from several ministers for a quick return UCharities and Donors
are also warning that the "summit to give" in Downing Street next month fall as donors, unless the measures in the past month's budget Chancellor, he has invested.
As part of an assault on the so-called aggressive tax evasion - considered a tax on the bumps - George Osborne announced a limit on the amount of the tax cut that wealthy donors could receive , for large donations. This significantly reduced the amount that philanthropists can claim back if they gave more than £ 200,000, which means it would cost much more to give the same sums to charities, aid projects, new hospitals , academia, the arts and other charitable causes.
David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK, said his work, including efforts to fight against the effects of food shortages in Africa, could be seriously hampered. "In short, this new legislation will have the unintended consequence of discouraging charitable donations by philanthropists, leaving the most vulnerable children in the world that the real losers." UNICEF has already been warned by a donor who was lining up a six-figure gift that you can now get because of changes in the budget.
Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, said that since the budget of their fundraising had been contacted by a donor who had given £ 250,000 intended to say he was having second thoughts.
describe the tax hit as foreign philanthropists, Hytner said he was going directly against the entire government, in particular, the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt had previously indicated the need to encourage people make richer civil society. "Specifically, we asked to act together in our call to the very rich to cover the shortfall in our funding that had been created by spending cuts," said Hytner.
former spokesman for the Liberal Democrat Treasury, Lord Oakeshott, offering large sums to charity, described the policy as an example of "society is not bad, the whole society ", adding:" It is absurd to try to insult people give generously to charity to avoid taxes. "
Charles Saumarez Smith, chief executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, said: "At a time when the establishment of government policies to encourage greater philanthropy to the arts, it is completely ridiculous to provide limits on the amounts indicated. "
higher rate taxpayers currently donate to a charity can recover a significant part. In April, the maximum is £ 50,000 per year, or 25% of the income of the person.
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