National Trust for Scotland insists finances are stable

Charity in danger of collapse if restructure goes ahead, according to leaked report from trade union Prospect

The National Trust for Scotland insists it is financially stable after a leaked union report claimed it could break down under restructuring plans.

The briefing paper, prepared by the union Prospect, described plans to mothball properties as draconian and claimed the trust could "fail completely" because of a commitment to raise £3.8m to redevelop the Robert Burns National Heritage Park.

The trust said it was planning to reduce costs significantly because of the recession and was consulting on possible redundancies, but said the plans would lead to financial sustainability.

"We are acting now to ensure our finances remain stable for the long term," said Kate Mavor, the trust's chief executive. "These decisions are never easy, but it is our belief that they are essential."

Mavor said claims that the Burns project was putting the charity under too much pressure were unfounded.

Earlier this year, the trust revealed that it expected to cut almost a fifth of its 500 full-time staff in a bid to cut costs.

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