Responding to the announcement that facilities run by council arm’s-length bodies will continue to benefit from charity relief from non-domestic rates, John Downie, Director of Public Affairs for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), said:

“This decision flies in the face of the Barclay Review which clearly said there was no justification for Aleos to continue to receive charitable rate relief. Aleos are part of government, not real charities, and they should pay their dues.

“This whole debacle shows the urgent need for the 2005 Charities Act to be reviewed. Aleos and private schools need to be stripped of charitable status, so that this kind of tax avoidance by organisations who are not carrying out charitable work can be avoided.”