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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest.  Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda. 


Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.


Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

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There were no declarations of interest


Minutes pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Charitable Trustee Committee held on 8th December 2014.


DECIDED – that the minutes of the meeting of the Charitable Trustee Committee held on 8th December 2014 be approved as correct record.


Trusts/ Bequests Funds Held pdf icon PDF 473 KB


The Committee considered the report of the Director of Finance advising Members of the bequest balances and land held under Charitable Trust where Rochdale Borough Council is the sole Trustee or holder of the fund.


The Director of Finance reported that following confirmation from the Charity Commission that a named Officer from the Economy and Environment Directorate had the power to act on behalf of the Trust, permission for the siting of a builder’s compound at the Ings lane site had been given, a fee charged and retained in a ring-fenced account for the Trust.


Further to a question raised in regard to why the investments held by the Norcross Scholarship Fund are not held as part of the balances managed by the Treasury Management Team, the Director of Finance reported that the return obtained by the current investments was greater than that of the Treasury Management Fund.


Councillor Neil Butterworth, a Milnrow and Newhey Ward Member, addressed the Committee in relation to concerns that had been raised with regard to the land held by the Doctor Chadwick Trust.


DECIDED – that (1) the report be noted and;

                              (2) the Director of Economy and Environment be requested to submit a report on the management of the land held by the Doctor Chadwick Trust to the next meeting of the Charitable Trustee Committee.



Maskew Bequest: 2007-15 and Plans for Future Expenditure pdf icon PDF 482 KB

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The Committee considered the report of the Interim Head of Customers & Corporate Services which updated Members on the use of the Maskew Bequest since 2007. In consultation with the Executor, the terms of the Will had been interpreted widely to allow for expenditure on events, activities and staffing.  A collection of classic literature and philosophy had been developed at Rochdale Central Library, and a full time, fixed term staff post created to maintain the collection and engage residents with it which had included the organisation and funding of the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival 2013 and 2014.


Further to the submitted report the Head of Legal and Governance Reform reported on his legal opinion with regard to the use of the funds from the bequest in accordance with the terms of the Will which stated that the bequest was for the purchase for the Central Library of non-fiction books on the subjects of philosophy and classic literature to be held in a collection of books called the F & A.S. Maskew Bequest. The Head of Legal and Governance reform advised the Committee that the Charity Commission would have to be consulted if the Committee resolved to request a variation of the terms of the Trust in order to allow expenditure on events and activities.


In discussion the Committee reiterated the concerns that had been raised at the previous meeting regarding the level of expenditure from the Bequest fund for events and activities and agreed to consult the Charity Commission with regard to amending the terms of the Trust in order to widen the scope of future expenditure in line with the interpretation agreed with the executors of the Will initially.


DECIDED – that (1) the Head of Legal and Governance reform be authorised to make an application to the Charity Commission to request a variation of terms of the Trust established by the Will of AS Makew to include expenditure on events and activities to encourage engagement with the Maskew Collection, including the provision of staff to administer the collection and organise the engagement initiatives;

            (2) the Interim Director of Customers & Corporate Services be authorised to approve expenditure from the Maskew Bequest for the purpose of the purchase of books for the F and A S Maskew Bequest Collection only.