Age organisations reveal plans for 2009 merger

The charity formed from the merger of Age Concern England and Help the Aged is likely to launch in April 2009 without a name or a brand, the charities have said.

They are consulting about the merger with stakeholders, including members of the Age Concern Federation, which will remain independent but may choose to be partners of the new charity.

A spokesman for the two charities said: "Decisions about the new brand will involve extensive consultation with our partners, whom we hope will want to share in it."

Neither the chief executives nor the chairs of the two charities will retain their positions. A new chief executive and chair are being sought (Third Sector Online, 18 July).

Decisions about the future of Help the Aged trading arm Intune, ACE trading company Acent and its membership body Heyday will be made by the new charity. The spokesman said it would continue to have a strong trading arm

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