More organisations to become charities under status reform

Twelve charitable purposes are set to be introduced, following the Government's announcement last week of plans for a new legal definition of charity.

The new charitable aims include the promotion of human rights, the advancement of environmental protection and social and community advancement. Amnesty International UK has indicated it will apply for charitable status when the changes are ratified.

Home Secretary David Blunkett said the reforms "highlight the public character of charities and their role as a force for good in society, enabling them to be more effective in their work".

Public schools can retain their charitable status but will in future have to show how they benefit the wider community.

- See Amnesty story, p4.

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