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Stalemate at CTC after vote on charitable status?

Members approve move to become charity - but not the mechanism to make that happen

Members of CTC narrowly voted to convert the national cyclists’ organisation into a charity at its AGM in Loughborough on Saturday. But with a separate motion to make the requisite changes to its constitution failing to achieve the required backing of 75% of the vote, it appears there is now stalemate between supporters and opponents of the move.

Voting took place at the end of a hard fought and sometimes fractious campaign by both the “yes” and “no” camps, with the CTC Council arguing that the organisation, which already has a charitable arm, would become more efficient if it were converted to full charitable status, pointing out that it would also benefit from gift aid.

Meanwhile, opponents, who set up a Save the CTC website, claimed that the proposal would “mean that members will be further disenfranchised and the assets of the Club will be put at risk.”

Both points of view received extensive coverage in the CTC Magazine ahead of the AGM, and were also robustly debated in Loughborough ahead of the vote.

A message on the organisation’s official Twitter feed afterwards said “CTC is a democracy and just like in the election sometimes there isn't a majority and clear answer.”

That referred to the vote on motion 10 of the agenda, which provided for the CTC’s memorandum and articles of association to be altered to enable it to achieve charitable status, as well as changes required by the Companies Act 2006.

The motion was proposed on behalf of the CTC Council, which said that their legal advisors had “been through the documents and identified the minimum changes needed to satisfy company and charity law while retaining all elements included by previous CTC AGMs,” and added that the “review has not attempted to completely review or re-order the M&A, a process that might be recommended at a future date.”

However, the motion only secured the backing of 60.89% of those among the membership who voted, well below the 75% threshold required, following what CTC on Twitter described as a “heated” debate.

Earlier, 54.7% of members who voted had supported item 8 on the agenda, which only required the support of a simple majority (more than 50%) to be passed, which provided that “this AGM agrees that that Cyclists’ Touring Club should be registered as a charity and merge with CTC Charitable Trust to form a single, unified membership organisation with charitable status.” A subsequent motion to authorise the Council to register CTC as a charity with the relevant bodies was also passed.

It’s not yet clear what the full implications are of the result of the vote regarding changing the memorandum and articles of association and whether they mean that the proposed switch to charitable status will not now go ahead. We’ve asked CTC for clarification and will bring you their response as soon as we have it.
 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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