Honiton Senior Council opposes charity status plans
Honiton Senior Council has unsuccessfully fought a proposal for the Senior Council of Devon to become a charity.
The proposal was put forward at an extraordinary meeting, held in Exeter, which was attended by Honiton members.
The decision will have an effect on each of the 25 branches in Devon.
Tony Simpson, secretary of Honiton Senior Council, said: “Our committee decided not to support becoming a charity since we did not think it was in the interests of other charities in Honiton.
“There is only so much funding available.”
You may also want to watch:
Honiton Senior Council chairman Tony Smith explained the decision to oppose the plans. He said: “Charities are closely monitored and it appears the Government will want them to undertake services in return for funding.
“We act as the voice of older people locally and want to be free to represent them on health, welfare, transport and other issues as we have in the past,
- 1 Family pay tribute to popular Colyton man after his tragic death
- 2 He was going, going gone... but now TV auctioneer is back
- 3 Motorcyclist 'seriously injured' in crash near Ottery St Mary
- 4 Town's Market Charter Day event is set to be biggest, say organisers
- 5 800th anniversary makes town's celebrated event a hot topic this year
- 6 East Devon enterprises applaud council for rapid response to covid funds
- 7 Cranbrook's minister praises town as she says goodbye
- 8 Adjusting to cricket's new points-average system
- 9 Home care business receives prestigious national popularity award
- 10 Yarty Party is back with a line-up to lift spirits and entertain
At the Exeter meeting, held at the Isca Centre, Tony Simpson called for the whole issue of becoming a charity to be referred back to individual branches on procedural grounds.
After the meeting he told the Herald: “It is a great shame this debate is about money rather than what we, as a senior group, should be doing.
“We respect the will of the Devon meeting but, locally, we must now fully consult with our branch members at our annual general meeting, after which we shall consider our position.”
Honiton Senior Council’s annual general meeting will take place at 10.30am, for an 11am start, on Monday, September 13, at the Royal British Legion, Honiton.