This is a response to "GORT", whose post is on the previous page.
Many thanks for your post GORT; I respond to your points in turn.
Q - As the original loan of £2000... was for necessary team and club officials costs’ this cannot be written off under the society rules.... a legal challenge be made against the ISC.
A – As I said before - The Trust is not in existence to support the day to day running of the club, our Rules do not include for this. It is, however, able to ...“do anything else which is necessary or expedient to achieve its objectives.” (Powers No. 4n). These payments were not to contribute to the day to day operations of a functional club but were extraordinary ones required to help to ensure its survival, clearly something that is within our remit. There are no grounds for legal challenge against the ISC.
Q - The second load of £5000 was originally for the staff hardship fund.... The PB could maintain that these ‘loans’ ...could be interpreted as pay, and as a consequence the trust could be liable for PAYE, Employers National Insurances and employees national insurance contributions...
A – This has been covered on PASOTI previously. The staff members are not being paid by the GTs as the GTs is not their employer. Instead, our understanding is that the money was a gift as an appreciation for their efforts in the face of adversity. See http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/EIM01460.htm
Q - I also have some queries about the timing of this ‘consultation’... This could wait until after the elections so as the fully elected committee could deal with it! At what ISC committee meeting was this discussed ...
A – Strange that you put inverted comas around the word consultation, as this is clearly what his is - and I am answering you as part of it. Anyway, the ISC has a mandate from the members of the Trust to run its business until the Society Board is in place, after the forthcoming elections. This decision was undertaken by a vote among ISC members. Many decisions of the ISC, big and small, have been taken outside meetings but through email correspondence – this has been found acceptable by all ISC members. The timing is propitious as it helps to foster unity among supporters groups, which is incredibly important now. It appears also to have gained widespread support across various strands of supporters and is leading to an increase in membership, which increases the legitimacy of the Trust, will increase the size of the electorate for the forthcoming elections and will increase our fundraising capabilities.
Q - I would seriously urge the trust not to blindly write these ‘loans’ off, until the financial position of the club has stabilised and the elected trust committee is in place.
A – Strange use of the word “blindly” - don’t feel that this requires a response.
Q - This money represents 70% of the trusts income for this year from membership... this money could be used to buy the club from the PB’s...
A – I pointed out previously that some major fundraising will be needed in the future – we all hope so. The Green Taverners have established themselves as the major fundraising element within the fanbase. Their involvement in future fundraising will be vital to the Trust in the future; as I said before, having the GTs in debt to the Trust when they are doing major fundraising for it would be rather ridiculous.
Q - Look to long term solutions and not at short term gains.
A – Again, a slightly befuddled observation. Anyway, over these last eight or so months we have been successful in building an organisation that can be sustainable. But it exists in the real world where short term matters of importance need to be attended to.