Cats Protection made 100 voluntary redundancies last year

Its annual accounts reveal that cuts saved £1.6m, but the charity admits that reduced staffing will 'present challenges'

Cats Protection
Cats Protection

Cats Protection made almost 100 voluntary redundancies in 2012, saving it £1.6m, according to figures in the charity’s annual report and accounts, released last week.

 "We have incurred operating deficits between 2009 and 2011," says the report, which covers the year to the end of December. "This is not sustainable in the long-term. In light of this, some major decisions were made to change the way we operate.

"The reduced staff levels will inevitably present lots of new challenges and these should not be underestimated. However, we believe it also presents opportunities to work in new and innovative ways."

The charity, which has about 500 staff, said in September that it planned to make 80 staff redundant and hoped to save £2m.

The accounts also show that the charity was forced to repay £1.1m of over-claimed Gift Aid, plus £300,000 of interest and penalties, after HMRC disagreed with its "tax treatment of the adoption process".

The annual report shows that the charity received a £4.2m repayment of VAT, also connected to the tax treatment of the adoption process.

The charity’s income during the year rose by about £1m to just under £37m, of which £20.4m came from legacies.

The charity has £62.5m of reserves, of which £58.4m is unrestricted.

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