The Telegraph quoted HMRC on the charity issue over the weekend, saying:
A source at HM Revenue & Customs says: “It is perfectly legal [but] people are, effectively, using the mechanism of the tax system to make a contribution to a charity of their choice, while ignoring their responsibility to the state.
“People claim they want to do things out of the goodness of their own heart, but you cannot expect UK Plc to subsidise them. The claim that charities spend the money better than the state is absurd. The reason we have a welfare state is because charities cannot cope.”
Time to doff my hat to the Revenue press office for a change.