Churches 'do not fear' benefit test

The Christian umbrella organisation the Evangelical Alliance has told religious groups they will have no difficulty in meeting the Charity Commission's public benefit requirements.

It believes its members have nothing to fear from the new public benefit test, despite the commission's decision to include religious charities in the second round of public benefit guidance, which will address some of the more complicated issues.

Don Horrocks, head of public affairs at the alliance, said the commission had given assurances that the burden on evangelical groups to prove their public benefit would not be onerous. He said the regulator had signalled that religious groups would not be compelled to undertake extra community activities.

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