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Being Labour, Cotterill on the Council, Leisure and culture

Six years and counting

01.25.11 | 8 Comments

I have covered this before, but it’s worth noting again that, as West Lancashire Leisure Trust enters its seventh year of existence, it has still not made a formal application for charitable status (or Industrial Provident Society status).

I make no claims to expertise on the tax advantages of having charitable status, but I do know that one of the key selling points when the Trust was established to manage (officially at least) the Serco contract for the five leisure centres in West Lancashire, was that it could apply to be a charity and that the tax advantages would mean saving or cost efficiencies for the council, and therefore be a better deal for the local taxpayer.

It seems to me that the benefits to local taxpayers may not have been at the forefront of the Trust’s consideration for the last six years, since no application for charitable status has ever, to the best of my knowledge, been made.

I now understand that West Lancashire Leisure Trust is waiting to see the outcome of South Ribble Leisure Trust’s application for charity statusbefore deciding on its next step.


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