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Consultation over 'charity tax'

Downing Street has said a "formal consultation" on a government plan to tax charitable donations will take place this summer. It was revealed almost one in 10 people earning over £10m a year is paying under the 20% rate of income tax.

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'Protect' the charitable sector, says Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has stressed that the government should "protect and enhance" the charitable sector.

Speaking to ITV News, Mr Blair said:

"The best idea is to disentagle completely the idea of philanthropy and giving to charity from tax avoidance because it's an important part of keeping charities and the philanthropic sector going.

"The charities that benefit get enormous opportunity to help people and often the philanthropic and charitable sector can help people in the way that government can't, so it's really important that they consult and get back on track and sort it out."

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