The following article was published by the Barking and Dagenham Post on 18th April 2012. You can view the original here:  www.bdpost.co.uk/home/e-edition

A charity for vulnerable adults has joined forces with MP Jon Cruddas to launch an attack on government plans to tax charitable donations.

 
 
The Osborne Partnership and the Dagenham and Rainham MP have attacked Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that the government is planning to tax donations in excess of £50,000.
 
A spokesman for the Osborne Partnership, a Dagenham-based organisation in Osborne Square which works with vulnerable adults, said: “Along with many other charities, the Osborne Partnership is dismayed at the government’s proposals to cap tax relief on major charitable donations including its effect on the claiming of gift aid.
 
“As a comparatively small charity whose core income has traditionally derived from the delivery of publicly-funded service delivery contracts on behalf of our beneficiaries, we are already suffering the consequences of year-on-year cuts in public expenditure.”
 
He added that the government’s latest proposals represent another “kick in the teeth” to the voluntary sector.
 
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Mr Cruddas, a patron of the charity, said: “It’s organisations like the Osborne Partnership which help the most vulnerable in our society, and which hold our communities together.
“With the government’s draconian cuts already biting, and funding quickly drying up, this sort  of  slap  in  the face  is the last thing they need.”