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'My giving is seen as a tax dodge'

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A leading businesswoman and philanthropist has said that she will give less to charity because of the government's decision to limit tax relief on philanthropy.

Marcelle Speller, founder and chief executive of localgiving.com, a website which links small charities and community projects with philanthropists, has said that although she is still very passionate about local giving, it is "galling" to think that the money she has given over the years is now being seen as a tax dodge.

She said that "much of the giving by major donors leverages up the good in society quite significantly" but went on to say that "I will be able to give less because with the reduced tax relief... we're not all bottomless pits".

"If you want to encourage people to help communities and do big society you must give incentives to do so," she said, adding that she believed that the government would see the error of its ways on this issue.


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