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Charity law spells end of help for Lighthouse Club

ICE news

CHARITY COMMISSION rules have forced the ICE to withdraw its donation of free meeting rooms for construction industry charity the Lighthouse Club.

However three new charities, the construction industry's charity for the homeless, CRASH, CF Lunoe Trust and Engineers Without Borders will be offered the use of rooms as their aims more closely match those of the ICE.

Disaster relief charity RedR will also retain its free office accommodation, as it was considered to be especially close to the ICE.

The decision was taken by ICE Council in response to questions raised by the Charity Commission. New charity laws make it illegal for charities to donate cash or kind to other charities unless their aims are closely aligned.

Council agreed that the Lighthouse Club and the Rainer Foundation for disadvantaged young people, which had been due to receive free room hire from the ICE, were not sufficiently matched to the ICE's 'learning' aims.

However, Council proposed that they be offered the opportunity to prepare a case to convince the Charity Commission that they are eligible to receive free rooms.

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