Victim Support completes national merger

Victim Support has completed the process of merging its 77 local charities into one national organisation.

The charity, which employs 1,200 people, believes the move will make it more accountable and therefore more attractive to funders.

Forty-one staff have taken voluntary redundancy since the merger was announced in June last year.

Under the Tupe regulations, which protect the rights of employees when they transfer from one organisation to another, staff who worked under the federal structure retain their previous terms and conditions.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Victim Support, said she wanted to renegotiate deals to standardise terms. "We won't take the lowest common denominator," she said.

Victim Support, which was founded 35 years ago, gets nearly all of its funding from government.

"We are crucially keen to protect our status as an independent charity," said Guy.

"People perceive us to be part of the criminal justice system, and we have to break out of that."

She said the charity wanted to raise its profile and might rebrand. "But we won't leap into that without considering it first," she said.

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