John Low comments on the release of the UKIP manifesto

15 April 2015

Commenting on the UKIP Manifesto, John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said: "Whilst there are measures proposed by UKIP that would strengthen charities, such as exempting charity shops and food banks from waste disposal charges, their promise to crack down on "fake charities" could have unintended consequences.  Although it is vital to deal decisively with any organisation misrepresenting themselves as a charity, the veracity of the research on which UKIP policies are predicated does need to be validated to avoid misunderstanding of charities and their role in delivering services and advocating on behalf of those they support.

Their proposal to dismantle Government support for volunteering and social action would be a deeply retrograde step. Certainly charities must stand on their own feet, but Government has a vital role to play in helping civil society to flourish. A small investment by Government helps yield huge positive change in peoples' lives and in our communities, and helps to nurture and maintain the generosity that enables charities to continue to supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in Britain today."

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