This section brings together our guidance, reports, key decisions and other resources that could help trustees understand the scope of ‘the promotion of the efficiency of the armed forces of the Crown, or of the efficiency of the police, fire and rescue services or ambulance services’.
1. The armed forces exist for public defence and security. It is charitable to promote the efficiency of the armed forces of the Crown as a means of defending the country. That includes ensuring that those forces are properly trained and equipped during times of conflict. It also includes providing facilities and benefits for the armed forces. Similarly it is also charitable to promote the efficiency of the police, fire, rescue or ambulance services as they exist for the prevention and detection of crime, the preservation of public order and to protect the public. (‘Fire and rescue services’ means services provided by fire and rescue authorities under Part 2 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (C.21)).
2. Examples of the sorts of charities and charitable purposes falling within this description include:
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