>Civil Liberties Trust

The Civil Liberties Trust is a registered charity (No. 1024948) that works to promote human rights and civil liberties through research, policy work, litigation, education and advice. It works in parallel with Liberty and is based in the same building.

The Trust does not employ staff but pursues its objectives by funding Liberty to carry out specifically charitable work. Most of the Trust’s direct charitable expenditure is represented by grants to Liberty to fund work in the areas of information, research, publications, advice and legal services.

Civil Liberties Trust objectives

1. The promotion of domestic human rights including the elimination of the infringement of those rights and the promoting of effective remedies following any breach, for the benefit of the public.

2. The provision of legal advice, assistance and representation on human rights and civil liberties to those unable to pay for it.

3. The provision of educational material and information on civil liberties and human rights.

4. The undertaking and promotion of research into civil liberties and human rights.

Why are Liberty and the Civil Liberties Trust separate organisations?

Liberty is an unincorporated association made up of members, and a non-profit making company that employs staff and runs campaigns. The Civil Liberties Trust is a grant-making registered charity.

It is important that the different organisations exist. The division enables Liberty to pursue all the work necessary to protect and promote civil liberties and human rights, including, crucially, our political campaigning.

Donations to the Civil Liberties Trust can be gift-aided, meaning that the Civil Liberties Trust can claim back tax you have already paid on your donation, typically 25p for every £1. Visit the HMRC website to find out more.

Can I still donate to Liberty?

Yes! Although donations to Liberty cannot be gift-aided they can be used to support the full spectrum of work that Liberty undertakes. This is often the hardest work to fund, so is where our greatest need lies.

U.S. donors are able to make tax-effective gifts to the Civil Liberties Trust through CAF America. Please contact us for more information.

The Civil Liberties Trust director's report and financial statements

The 2018 financial statements can be found here

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Every generation faces different threats to its fundamental rights and freedoms. The only thing we can be sure of is that the attacks will keep coming. Why? Because civil liberties are inconvenient for those in power. Human rights stand in the way of control.

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Reasons to write or update your Will

Having a clearly written and up-to-date Will is the only way to make sure your final wishes are carried out. It is a last chance to remember the people and causes you care about and helps avoid confusion and stress for loved ones at a difficult time.

Making a Will is relatively straightforward but we would always recommend talking to a solicitor. Because gifts in Wills make such an amazing contribution to our work, we offer a free Will writing service to Liberty members through the National Free Wills Network.

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The Civil Liberties Trust

You can leave a gift either directly to Liberty or to our charitable sister organisation, the Civil Liberties Trust. Liberty is not a charity, which leaves us free to carry out all the work necessary to protect and promote human rights, including our political campaigning.

The Civil Liberties Trust is a registered charity (no. 1024948) which supports the charitable aspects of Liberty’s work. Gifts made to the Civil Liberties Trust are exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) and may reduce the tax liability for your loved ones if your estate is over the IHT threshold. Your financial advisor/solicitor will be able to give you more information.

Contact us

If you would like to talk about leaving a gift in your Will, or if you have any questions, please contact Jenny Greenshields on 020 7378 3663, email jennyg@libertyhumanrights.org.uk or write to Liberty House, 26-30 Strutton Ground, London, SW1P 2HR.

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