The Charity Commission has reversed an earlier decision to impose a one-year limit on the payment of an annual salary to the chair of the RNIB.
The watchdog changed its mind after the sight-loss charity asked it to review the decision, made last August soon after Kevin Carey was elected as chair. Carey, who is paid £24,000 for a two-day week, will now be allowed to receive payment until the end of his three-year term in 2012.
The one-year limit was imposed because the commission shared the concerns of some RNIB trustees that the possibility of payment should have been made clear before the election in order to maximise the number of candidates. It said it would authorise further payments only if Carey resigned and was re-elected.
But the commission has now accepted the charity's argument during an internal decision review that its governance was in transition and it now had no procedures for electing a chair. The commission has also accepted the case for paying Carey, who is blind, particularly because it would benefit from having a blind chair.