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RCN votes to scrap charitable status

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The Royal College of Nursing has voted in favour of changing the RCN’s legal status so it is no longer a charity, and establishing a charitable foundation as a separate body.

The vote was taken at the RCN annual general meeting yesterday, with 22,488 members in favour of the motion, 1,047 against, and 526 abstentions.

The change will bring the RCN in line with the Charity Commission policy, which requires all the objectives of a charity to be charitable. The motion will allow the RCN to continue its professional and trade union functions, which do not fit this criteria.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN said: “These changes are essential to the future of the RCN. While the amendment means a change to the legal structure of the RCN, members should be reassured that they will continue to receive the same high quality services as now.”

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  • And now it's time for us to become a real union and join the TUC - as our new status should allow that

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  • how do donors to the charity set about getting their money back?

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  • how will all the funds donated to the charity be utilised? what happens to the nurses in need who were previously supported and will they continue to support nurses in the future? I guess it is of little use writing this here as questions are never answered by the authorities concerned.

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