Charities agree to fuse 'in principle'

The boards of Age Concern and Help the Aged have announced that they agree "in principle" to the case for merging, marking a breakthrough in plans that have now been under consideration for the past decade.

Last week, the two charities confirmed that they were looking at a discussion paper compiled by a working group with members from both organisations (Third Sector, 26 March).

The next stage of the process will involve the charities each consulting their stakeholders on the move. So far, they have described the merger as "the development of a new charity working for and on behalf of older people".

An Age Concern spokeswoman said: "It is likely that the next steps needed to take this process forward and to reach a final resolution will take a few months."

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