As ‘cold as charity’? : poverty, equity and the charitable trust

  title={As ‘cold as charity’? : poverty, equity and the charitable trust},
  author={Alison Dunn},
  journal={Legal Studies},
  pages={222 - 240}
  • A. Dunn
  • Published 1 June 2000
  • Economics
  • Legal Studies
It has often been assumed that the notion of altruism indicative in the ordinary use of the term ‘charity’ penetrates the rationale for equity's enforcement of charitable trusts for the relief of the poor. This article questions whether in the area of poor relief equity acts out of a humanitarian regard for those whose relief is the purpose of the trust, or whether there is a more pragmatic rationale for action. Examination through case law of equity's reasoning is placed against a backdrop of… 
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