Uturn UK makes new application for charitable status

Christian community organisation changes its charitable objects to meet Charity Commission requirements

Uturn UK organises street associations
Uturn UK organises street associations

The Christian community organisation Uturn UK has reapplied for charitable status shortly after losing an appeal against the Charity Commission’s decision that it should not be registered.

The organisation, which helps to set up 'street associations' in which neighbours volunteer to help each other out, has filed a new application with the commission, with altered charitable objects.

Uturn first applied to register as a charity in May 2010, but in August 2011 the Charity Commission said it could not accept the application because setting up street associations would not necessarily "result in an exclusively charitable outcome."

In January, Uturn UK appealed to the charity tribunal against the decision. In a ruling published earlier this month, the judge, Jonathan Holbrook upheld the commission’s verdict, saying Uturn UK had no way of making sure the activities carried out by street associations would live up to the organisation’s charitable purposes.

Its founder, Martin Graham, a former speechwriter for John Major during his time as Prime Minister, said he did not want to discuss the case in more detail at this stage.

He said, however, that he had learned a lot about charity law since his first application and was hopeful that the new application would succeed.

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