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The Political Use Of Private Benevolence: The Statute Of Charitable Uses, James J. Fishman Apr 2008

The Political Use Of Private Benevolence: The Statute Of Charitable Uses, James J. Fishman

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This article examines the circumstances that led to the passage of the Statute of Charitable Uses of 1601, whose preamble unintentionally created a definition charity that resonates in the law today. The Statute was part of a legislative package of poor laws passed by Parliament to deal with an economic and political crisis that threatened the Tudor regime. The Statute’s primary purpose was to provide a mechanism to make trustees accountable for the appropriate administration of charitable assets, which in turn would encourage increased private charity for the relief of poverty, lessoning the tax burden of poor relief. Certain ...