The Telegraph writes about a new IEA report

“In a new report, the Institute of Economic Affairs will argue charities have become a “shadow state”, because they are so reliant on around £12 billion a year of public grants and contracts.

“The paper also reveals the Government is now spending millions of pounds on “lobbying itself” because taxpayer-funded charities have hired so many public affairs and media advisers.

“It will say charities are less likely to criticise the Government if they are taking taxpayer cash, which can “give the illusion of grassroots support” for certain policies.”

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