VI. LOST IN TRANSLATION: FAITH-BASED CHARITIES AND 'PUBLIC BENEFIT' IN THE EYES OF THE STATE
Why are faith-based charities different? And why does it matter? These questions are at the heart of Words in Action, a project from the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics & Public Life.
Volumes 6 and 7 in The Institute Series start looking for answers.
The 2006 Charities Act means the Charity Commission must review the 'public benefit' each charity provides. New research by Angela Cheyne, specially commissioned for this project, looks at how faith-based charities describe this, and how the state understands it. And a paper by Patrick Riordan proposes debates which might usefully take place within and between faith-based charities and the secular environment.
Angela Cheyne is an independent researcher with a background in Parliamentary affairs
Dr Patrick Rordan SJ is an Associate Director of the Heythrop Institute