The year 2012 will see an end to our community’s democratic control over the annual spending of £11m by the Shetland Charitable Trust, if the charity regulator accepts the current proposals to appoint a majority of unelected trustees.
Every citizen has the right to comment on this. Whether you support the proposal or wish to retain democratic control in some form or other, all you have to do is write to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). If you want to go into more detail about the changes you’d like to see for the trust, OSCR will send you the full proposal, passed by nine of the 22 trustees on 15th December.
The postal address is:
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator,
2nd Floor, Quadrant House,
9 Riverside Drive,
Dundee DD1 4NY.
You can also email email@example.com, marking it for Mr Robb’s attention.
There’s more information available online at www.oscr.org.uk/media/27301/charity_reorganisation_guidance_2011.pdf
What’s at stake is the future of a unique public trust that supports a vast variety of charitable work for the good of the people of Shetland, as its founders intended. To try to preserve public control over hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of current and future trust investments seems to us a particularly worthwhile New Year’s resolution.