Tory donor: Charity tax cap was 'bad decision'

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There have been several policy U-turns since March's Budget Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville

A major Tory donor who withdrew his support for the party over the charity tax relief proposals welcomed today's U-turn.

Venture capitalist Jon Moulton, who has given the Conservatives £300,000 since 2004, told BBC Radio 4's World At One: "The idea that we charge into the sources of income for charities without very much thought was just not right.

"It was a bad decision. I am pleased they have had the nerve to actually reverse it.

"It seems to reflect a lack of proper consideration before the stuff was put out. Nobody had thought through the implications of doing it."

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Controversial plans in the Budget to limit the amount of tax relief on charitable donations have been dropped after protests from charities, philanthropists and Tory MPs. It follows Treasury u-turns this week on the "pasty tax" and "caravan tax."