Charitable status for the Plymouth Brethren
Read how the Plymouth Brethren has been refused charitable status by the Charity Commission and is taking its case to the charity tribunal
Paul Flynn, a Labour MP on the Public Administration Select Committee, says the regulator was 'cowardly' to allow the Plymouth Brethren congregation charitable status
Baroness Berridge says the regulator, which yesterday said it would accept the congregation's application for charitable status, should be 'commended for its hard work'
The regulator says the Preston Down Trust, whose initial application was rejected in 2012, has agreed to change its governing documents
Plymouth Brethren Christian Church says the Charity Commission's decision to allow the Preston Down Trust to apply for charitable status to is a relief
Public Administration Select Committee says it cannot take a view on the Preston Down Trust case, but is unhappy with the Charity Commission's conduct of policy on public benefit
Anonymous source had claimed that children at Wilton Park School were subjected to abuse for creating Facebook pages
The Christian group has made a number of applications through its schools umbrella group, the Focus Learning Trust
Conservative MP's bill seeks to reinstate the presumption of public benefit for religious organisations
Baroness O'Loan says she is not yet sure what she will do with the information collected about the Brethren, which are the subject of a forthcoming charity tribunal case
Trustees of Wilton Park school near Salisbury, run by a charity, deny allegation that at least one child suffered mentally and physically after being disciplined for setting up a Facebook page
Attorney General did not agree with regulator's request to refer religion and public benefit to the charity tribunal
The Charity Commission asked Dominic Grieve for a reference to the tribunal when considering the application for charitable status by a Plymouth Brethren congregation
Neil Summerton, chair of Partnership, says he fears the forthcoming charity tribunal case involving the Preston Down Trust will damage the reputation of other types of Brethren
Charity Commission reasons for refusing charitable status to Plymouth Brethren included doctrine of separation
Regulator provides further explanation as Garth Christie, a Brethren member, apologises for misquoting commission statements to a select committee of MPs
MP tables parliamentary motion congratulating Charity Commission for denying Plymouth Brethren charitable status
Paul Flynn's motion says the religious group's doctrine of separation has 'divided families' and excludes members from society
Backbenchers including Robert Halfon write to The Daily Telegraph newspaper saying the government should review the public benefit test for charities
Conservative MP to table parliamentary motion calling for all religious organisations to be considered charitable
Peter Bone seeks amendment to the Charities Act 2011 but the NCVO says the move risks 'downgrading religious charities in the public mind'
Dominic Grieve decides not to join as a party to the appeal against the Charity Commission's refusal of charitable status to the religious group
- Witnesses may testify anonymously at charity tribunal case on Plymouth Brethren
- MPs 'have talked about curbing independence of Charity Commission'
- Plymouth Brethren 'do not meet public benefit requirements'
- MPs call for inquiry into Charity Commission over 'religious discrimination'
- Plymouth Brethren considers boosting its congregation through advertising
- Plymouth Brethren member clarifies evidence he gave to MPs
- MP says Charity Commission refusal to grant Plymouth Brethren charitable status is 'suppression of religion'
- Exclusive Brethren group appeals against Charity Commission's refusal to grant charitable status
The out-of-court agreement was frustrating for some lawyers, reports Sam Burne James
The way has been cleared for a brethren congregation to register as a charity. Sam Burne James looks at how it happened and gauges the reaction
The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church has pledged to be more forgiving and compassionate in its disciplinary practices and its treatment of former members, says Stephen Cook
Why does being a charity mean so much to the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church? David Ainsworth looks at their legal dispute with the Charity Commission and assesses what they have to lose; Ian Griggs attends a meeting
The church's appeal against refusal of charitable status is gaining attention from its opponents, says Stephen Cook
Stephanie Biden: The Charity Commission should seek an early solution in the Preston Down Trust case
Another battering in the charity tribunal could undermine the commission's important role as an independent regulator and leave it in crisis, writes the charity lawyer in a guest column
A trust that runs a Brethren meeting hall in Devon is appealing to the charity tribunal against the refusal of the Charity Commission to register it as a charity. Stephen Cook looks at the case and David Ainsworth profiles the church
The Preston Down Trust belongs to the Exclusive Brethren, a church with about 16,000 members in the UK and 47,000 around the world.
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