Scottish Government religious subsidy of the week – 7 –£36,000 pa to the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities


The Scottish Government gives £36,000 per annum to the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCJC).

Judged by the website of SCJC  ( the Scottish Jewish community appears to be prosperous and cohesive and perfectly capable of looking after its affairs and interests. It has good contacts with governmental organisations.

In 2012 SCJC reported an annual income of £111,000 to the Scottish Charities regulator. As a charity SCJC can benefit from tax relief on income and gains, rates relief and gift aid. Is additional direct Scottish Government subsidy merited?

The Jewish population of Scotland declined to just under 6,000 people according to the 2011 Scottish census.

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