Trustees of all our local Community Centres (including Stanground Community Association - Trustees include councillors as well as regular charity trustees) who claim the registered charity they are on the Trustee board of, and thought be entitled to charitable relief from non-domestic rates, ( ie they don't pay the PCC rates) but still let out their premises could be in for a personal financial hit.
By this we mean handing over the keys, unsupervised, and without a member of the charity on the premises throughout the whole period of hire or let, to outside commercial organisations such as Line Dancing Classes, Canaan Dog Club, Slimmers World Clubs and "Peterborough Church of Christ." And any other commercial events, which deny the use of the building and furniture to the charity ie where a subscription, rental and/or room hire is charged, might like to take a detailed look at the new law report highlighted below as they might just be liable....
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Using SCA as a prime example, if the Stanground councillors who are trustees, are in fact found by the Courts to be personally financially liable for all the back charitable relief, they can at least dip into their personal banks accounts, refreshed possibly by the increase of 20 % in council allowances, they might be voting themselves in the next few days.
This is also interesting as the Youth Forum seems to have been ejected from the SCA premises and is now at Thistle Road, and there seems to be no available timetable space for the Neighbourhood Committee meetings in this council owned building.
Kenya Aid Programme v Sheffield City Council – WLR Daily
Posted January 25th, 2013 in law reports by tracey
Kenya Aid Programme v Sheffield City Council:  EWHC 54 (Admin);  WLR (D) 23
“In determining whether a charity was entitled to mandatory charitable relief from non-domestic rates because the premises were ‘wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes’, the question was whether the use which the charity made of the premises was directly to facilitate the carrying out of its main charitable purposes.”
WLR Daily, 22nd January 2013