Will the government destroy charities?

Sarah Coles
Osborne and Cameron
Osborne and Cameron

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If they're not careful George Osborne and David Cameron are going to lose their reputation as generous, charitable people in touch with the needs of the most vulnerable. Over the weekend there was an outburst from Number 10 backing the Treasury's plans to slash the tax breaks for charitable giving.

So why is the government hammering charities?