Thursday 13 March 2008
Scottish Bishops concerned by proposed changes to water charges
In a response to the Scottish Government's consultation on water charges, the Bishops' Conference of Scotland have released the following statement;
"We are extremely concerned by recent proposals to remove the relief
from water charges which charities currently enjoy. Churches and other
charitable organisations in Scotland provide many pastoral, social and
community services that are of immense benefit to Scottish society.
One of the reasons they are able to do so is that they are exempt from
Removing this provision from the charitable sector would have many
disadvantages and could undermine the core activities, which greatly
benefit many local communities.
We urge the Scottish Parliament not to remove this provision and to
allow Scotland's churches to continue to provide the social capital,
which enhances our national life in so many ways."
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