Scientology receives local rates relief on properties - 2010-09-29

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F146.png Scientology receives local rates relief on properties September 29, 2010, John Sweeney, Panorama, BBC News

The Church is not classed as a religion under Charity Law by the UK Charity Commission.

In 1999, the Commission ruled that it did not pass the "public benefit" test required for advancing religion as a charitable purpose.

But Westminster City Council classes the Church as a "non-registered charity" as it is "beneficial to the community."

It gives the church mandatory 80% rates relief on its London Celebrity Centre on Leinster Gardens, saving the church £165,303 over the past 10 years.


{{cite news | first = John | last = Sweeney | title = Scientology receives local rates relief on properties | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/panorama/hi/front_page/newsid_9038000/9038529.stm | work = Panorama | publisher = BBC News | date = September 29, 2010 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}