'What's happening to my £10m to charity?' blog discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.

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  • flexrider
    flexrider Posts: 745 Forumite
    Just wanted to say here well done mr lewis ive been reading the blog and continue too most days good to see someone doing something to charity
    "MSE Money saving challenges..8/12/13 3,500 saved so far :j" p.s if i been helpfully please leave me a thank you but seek official advice at all times from a pro
  • Rafter
    Rafter Posts: 3,850
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    edited 15 January 2013 at 10:20AM
    Don't envy you this task Martin.

    Compared to my charitable giving, this is an enormous sum, but you have the same issues ensuring that it doesn't get swallowed up by inefficient charities where very little gets to the front line.

    Part of the power of this donation is shining a spotlight on where government funding has been withdrawn and issues close to your heart such as financial education and mental health which you have done very well in your blog.

    I wonder whether there is a third 'cause' which is research and using influence to try and get financial weapons of mass distruction such as PPI, 2nd charge loans and payday lending banned much faster than is currently the case to prevent socially destructive financial activity.

    I am a firm believer in better financial education and better advice and support for those in financial difficultly - but I also firmly believe that better regulation will prevent a lot of the damage occuring, with very little economic damage from reducing access to 'easy credit' for those who cannot afford it.

    Smile :), it makes people wonder what you have been up to.
  • jamesd
    jamesd Posts: 26,103
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    Thanks for the update. Good choices IMO.

    If you do ever want thoughts on possible things to do please do ask. For now I think it maybe counter-productive to offer any. You don't need any more pressure, I suspect. :)
  • ali137
    ali137 Posts: 374
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    :j:jWell done Martin, charity increases your own wealth never decreases wealth.
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