Campaigners call for ‘Buckie’ making monks to be stripped of charitable status

By Thomas Duncan

The Monks who make Buckfast should have their charitable status removed according to campaigners.

The National Secular Society claim that the drink’s connection to violent crime in Scotland should disqualify the Buckfast Abbey Trust from being classed as a charity, and the tax breaks that go along with it.

Statistics released by the Scottish Prison Service show that 43% of young offenders had Buckfast before committing their last offence, more than any other drink.

Last year Sheriff Alastair Brown said there was a “very definite association between Buckfast and violence”.

The Trust  has made about £88m since 2004 from royalties made on each sold, according to the Charity Commission.

Listen to exactly why President of the National Secular Society, Keith Porteous-Brown wants a review of Buckfast’s charitable status.

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