Survey shows strong support for merger of older people's charities

Almost three-quarters of respondents to a Third Sector Online survey said they thought it would be a good idea for Age Concern and Help the Aged to merge.

The survey, posted in response to news that the two welfare organisations for older people are to make a third attempt in 10 years to amalgamate, revealed that just 26 per cent of readers thought the merger would be a bad idea compared with 74 per cent who approved of it.

This week, the Third Sector Online survey asked: “Was Dame Suzi Leather right to withdraw from decisions on the public benefit of private schools because her daughter attends one?”

Leather, chair of the Charity Commission, announced last month that her perceived conflict of interest should disqualify her from taking part in decisions about whether independent schools satisfy the public benefit test instituted by the Charities Act 2006.

This week, it emerged that six commissioners were privately educated.

To take part in this week’s survey, go to the Third Sector Online homepage.

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