Responding to comments made by Treasury minister David Gauke, John Low, Chief Executive of Charities Aid Foundation said:
This has been a shambles. The Government simply has not thought this through. It is astonishing that the Treasury did not properly assess the impact on charities of their new tax relief cap before announcing this damaging measure in the Budget.
Capping tax relief on charitable donations will raise relatively small amounts of tax but risks inflicting far greater damage on causes for the public good such as medical research and treatment, education and help for some of the most vulnerable people in society.
The government appears to have tied itself in knots over the row on charitable giving.
The row over the cap on a tax relief for charitable giving is the latest in a string of rows that have erupted since the budget.
Charities and philanthropists have warned that Government plans to change the way it taxes charitable donations will discourage giving