Christian group to appeal against refusal of charitable status

Leave granted by charity tribunal, which will hear appeal in January

Uturn UK
Uturn UK

A Christian community group that was refused charitable status has been given permission to appeal against the decision at a charity tribunal hearing.

The Charity Commission rejected an application from Uturn UK,which supports community activities, to register as a charity in August.

The regulator said in its decision that the organisation was not "not established for exclusively charitable purposes".

Uturn appealed against the decision to the charity tribunal. The tribunal last week decided an oral hearing would take place to hear the appeal. It is expected to take place in January.

Uturn UK wants to help communities set up street associations to bring communities together through social events and encourage residents to help one another - by doing DIY for old people, for example.

The organisation’s website says street associations would be formed after church leaders initiated a meeting with local figures including councillors, head teachers, GPs, the police and faith leaders. They would appoint local "initiators" who would coordinate the scheme across several streets, wards or towns. Residents would then appoint committees to run the scheme in their street.

The organisation’s founder, Martin Graham, is a former deputy director of the Conservative Party’s research department. He declined to comment on the appeal.

The Charity Commission declined to comment.

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