An update from the Chairman of the IEA’s Board of Trustees


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A note from Neil Record

A note from Neil Record, Chairman of the IEA Board of Trustees:

“The Charity Commission has requested that the IEA remove the publication ‘Plan A+: Creating a prosperous post-Brexit’ UK from our website and cease its promotion. The Commission’s concerns do not relate to any questions of accuracy. The IEA board of trustees has agreed to comply with this request.

“Nevertheless, IEA trustees are concerned about the Charity Commission’s interventions. We believe it is increasingly unclear what charitable think tank activity is acceptable, and what is not. A worrying precedent is in the process of being set: research papers – and their launches – which put forward firm policy proposals may now fall outside the parameters of what the Charity Commission considers acceptable activity.

“To that end, IEA trustees are now looking to set up a non-charitable arm of the IEA – as has previously been done by a range of other charities. We look forward to working with the Charity Commission in making such changes.”

Notes to Editors

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