RBL in restructure bid to halt decline

The Royal British Legion has launched the first stage of a restructuring exercise aimed at making the organisation more relevant to the 21st century and stemming a rapid decline in membership.

Five of the Legion's county-level units are conducting consultations and focus groups with members, veterans and the public to decide how best to remodel the organisation at local level.

Results of the membership field project will be submitted to the national council over the next two months, then put to the membership at large at the charity's national conference next spring.

The Legion has faced resistance over key changes such as the recommendation to abolish the distinction between ex-service members and those that haven't served (Third Sector, 4 June). However, the organisation is confident that these will be accepted.

Legion secretary-general Ian Townsend said: "When counties see how their neighbours have turned into successful groups, I think they will want to join in."

- See Newsmaker, p14.

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