Commentary

6.1 Prevention or relief of poverty

CHARITIES AND CHARITABLE GIVING vol 6(2)
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6.1 Prevention or relief of poverty

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6 Types of charitable purposes

6.1 Prevention or relief of poverty

This classification has been widened by the express inclusion of ‘prevention’ as well as ‘relief’ of poverty. Poverty, whilst importing a financial and not simply a social need, is treated in charity law as a matter of degree which may be determined by reference to prevailing economic, social, geographical and other variables and is not confined to destitution. While there must therefore be some element of deprivation so that persons can be said to ‘go short’, account must be taken of recipients’ circumstances and the standard of life to which

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