Alliance's scheme to form charitable branch is 'no-goer'

The Countryside Alliance has dismissed moves to establish a charitable wing as "impractical".

The decision comes as the organisation plans a mass lobby of MPs this week (16 December) to coincide with the second House of Commons reading of the government's proposed Hunting Bill, which lays down measures to curb blood sports.

The alliance looked at tapping into the tax and charitable recognition benefits of bringing all its social projects under a separate division with charitable trust status. One project links hard-pre-ssed farmers with disadvantaged communities so food is cheaper and farmers get better deals.

Nigel Henson, director of communications, said: "We have investigated having a subsection that would have a charitable trust status but it is not a goer."

The Countryside Alliance has instead opted to bring its disparate social projects under a new offshoot called the Rural Projects and Policy Division.

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