Select committee inquiry into sector regulation attracts 'record high' of 186 written submissions

More than two-thirds of the submissions relate to the refusal of charitable status to the Preston Down Trust, a Plymouth Brethren group with a meeting hall (pictured) in Devon

Preston Down Trust meeting hall
Preston Down Trust meeting hall

The Public Administration Select Committee’s inquiry into the regulation of the charitable sector and the Charities Act 2006 has attracted 186 pieces of written evidence, including about 130 concerning the Plymouth Brethren.

An assistant to the committee said she thought the total was a record high for PASC inquiries, which typically receive between 15 and 20 submissions.

The submissions about the Brethren relate to the Charity Commission’s refusal to give charitable status to the Preston Down Trust, a Plymouth Brethren group in Devon.

The group has appealed against the decision to the charity tribunal and committee members discussed the case with witnesses from both the commission and Brethren representatives during oral evidence sessions last year.

The deadline for written submissions passed on 14 December. All oral evidence sessions related to the inquiry have also concluded. The committee’s report is not expected before mid-February.

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