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Scientology receives local rates relief on properties

Title: Scientology receives local rates relief on properties
Date: Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Publisher: BBC News
Author: John Sweeney
Main source: news.bbc.co.uk

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The Church of Scientology has received millions of pounds of business rates relief and tax breaks in Britain. The controversial organisation, which counts Hollywood celebrities among its high-profile members, boasts of having over 11 million square feet in property worldwide, but some ex-members call it a cult. 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 ... [Read the rest at news.bbc.co.uk]