Regulator tells village charity it must allow youth group representative onto its board

Silverdale Village Institute in Lancashire is told by the Charity Commission (pictured) to abide by its governing document, after the representative said he had been barred from a meeting by other trustees

Charity Commission
Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has told a village charity to allow a representative of a local youth group onto its board as its governing document dictates.

The regulator said it had received a complaint about the governance of Silverdale Village Institute in Silverdale, near Carnforth in Lancashire, and its relationship with a local youth group.

A spokeswoman for the regulator said: "We have written to the trustees of the institute to emphasise their duty to abide by the governing document of the charity, which outlines the right of the youth group to appoint a representative to the trustee board.

"We will be following up with the trustees to determine whether they are adhering to the terms of the governing document."

The Charity Commission’s website says the institute "provides open space and an institute users’ building for various activity groups within the village and from the local area".

The institute had an income of £3,952 and spent £3,722 in the year to 31 October 2012.

Tim Stothert, a representative of the local youth group, said he had been the group’s representative on the charity’s board for 10 months but the institute’s trustees had barred him from a meeting.

"They have done everything in their power to stop me being on the management," he said. "My position is that I am a trustee and I have been barred from being a trustee, and they will have to eventually accept it."

Kelvin Mashiter, a trustee of the Silverdale Village Institute, said he could not comment on the Charity Commission’s letter and the organisation was taking legal advice.

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