Marie Curie paid £1.3m in staff lay-off costs last year

The charity says structural changes made for efficiency purposes led to a number of redundancies

Marie Curie's annual report
Marie Curie's annual report

Marie Curie spent almost £1.3m on termination payments last year after carrying out a restructure, its latest accounts say.

The charity said that during the year to 31 March a number of structural changes were made to enable the charity to run more efficiently, which led to the redundancies.

The changes involved streamlining the executive council, moving to a local coordination model of patient care and a restructuring of the volunteer helper service, the charity said.

According to its latest accounts, filed with Companies House last week, the amount spent on termination payments for staff was about £1.1m higher than in the previous year, when it was £157,761.

The number of employees actually went up during the year. Marie Curie employs 4,317 people, up from 4,274 the year before. The latest figure includes 1,399 full-time employees.

The accounts also reveal that Marie Curie has recorded a surplus this year of almost £3m, after recording a deficit of £688,000 in 2016/17.

Total income was stable at more than £159m, but expenditure fell from £165.1m to £157.7m.

This meant the charity’s total reserves increased to £103.2m from £100.8m the year before, the accounts show.

The accounts also say that the charity decided not to renew a small number of contracts to deliver nursing care because their specialist nature and small size meant the charity was "unable to provide a high-quality service that was reliable, effective and sustainable over the long term".

In his introduction to the accounts, Vindi Banga, chair of Marie Curie, says the charity is exploring new ways of reaching more people who need the charity’s support amid an increase in demand for health services across the UK.

"Through this year and beyond, we will continue to explore innovative routes to increase our impact on the challenge of palliative care in the UK and find new ways to support even more people, in a better manner," Banga says.

The charity’s chief executive, Jane Collins, announced earlier this year that she would leave in spring 2019 after more than six years at the helm.

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