The campaign for Democracy for Shetland’s Charitable Trust is to press ahead with its plans to hold a public meeting in response to decisions taken yesterday by the trust. The decisions show the trust to be ignoring the views of the council, OSCR (the charities watchdog) and the people of Shetland.
Yesterday afternoon’s meeting of Shetland Charitable Trust saw the appointee trustees voting to take control of the trust from June next year. This ignores the response provided by Shetland Islands Council which has plainly stated it does not wish to send councillor-trustees to the trust but instead wants to see trustees directly elected by the people of Shetland in a majority on the trust.
The meeting also saw them voting to be able to change the trust deed in future without clearing changes with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator. Taking that power at this time is remarkable given that their own risk assessments show their governance structure is shaky and their poor reputation is worsening.
The meeting also saw trustees voting on their spending priorities without having first consulted with the people of Shetland on these. These decisions all show Shetland Charitable Trust to be ignoring the public advice given by the chief executive of Scotland’s charity watchdog that the trust needs to “take into account the views of their beneficiaries and the reputation of their charity”.
Democracy for Shetland’s Charitable Trust invites all who are concerned about the direction the trust is heading in to attend a public meeting on Saturday 24th September at 10am in Islesburgh Community Centre to consider how to respond.
Spokesman, Democracy for Shetland Charitable Trust