8 October 2013
The Council of Management met on 8 October. This was the first Council meeting for newly elected Ruth Waddell.
The majority of the meeting was focused on discussing financial matters and in particular proposals for the 2014 revenue budget. Due to shortfalls in income from legacies and community fundraising this year, the Council has had to ensure the charity’s finances are more stable in 2014. This year the charity is expected to spend a total of £3.5 million. Next year it is planned to reduce this to £2.9 million. At the same time it is expecting income in 2014 to increase to £2.7 million from £2.3 million this year.
The reduction in spending will reduce the number of people employed by the charity by 5 full time posts. It will still employ more than 50 people. In addition it has been necessary to reduce all staff salaries by 5 per cent and cut some other staff benefits. Cost savings will be made in other areas as well but the impact all of this will have on front line services is being kept to a minimum. No services are being cut.
The next meeting of the Council is scheduled to take place on 3 December 2013.