Poverty groups in no hurry to speak

Few poverty groups have offered a reaction to the Charity Commission's draft guidance, Public Benefit and the Prevention or Relief of Poverty. The document, launched last week, says poverty is relative and should be defined according to a charity's aims (Third Sector Online, 29 February).

The Child Poverty Action Group, Christian Aid and Oxfam did not comment on the matter. War on Want said it thought the guidance did not apply to it.

The Salvation Army said it did not think it would have a problem demonstrating its public benefit under the guidance for poverty groups or the guidance for religious groups, which was also launched last week.

Major David Hinton, secretary for business administration at the charity, said: "Poverty and the advancement of religion are emotive issues open to misunderstanding. We believe we will have no difficulty demonstrating both our religious and practical expressions of Christianity are of benefit to individuals and to society."

The Charity Commission is consulting until 30 June.

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