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Carers UK General Meeting 2017

Updating our Governance

On 29 June 2017, Carers UK held a General Meeting asking members to approve changes to our governing documents. 

The special resolution was passed by a clear majority of members who voted by post, online and in person at the General Meeting.


The changes approved stem from the Board's review of our constitution in the light of developments in charity law and regulation, so trustees remain clear about the responsibilities they are taking on and remain equipped to lead the charity.

The changes aproved included:

  • Updating the way we structure membership, replacing ‘A’ and ‘B’ members with more straightforward descriptions: ‘carer members’ and ‘supporter members’
  • Changing the process for appointing members to the Board of Trustees to ensure the group has the right skills, diversity and experience of caring required to govern Carers UK effectively
  • Reflecting developments in charity law and practice, including adding articles on use of income and property, indemnity of trustees and conflicts of interest
  • Changing the process of terminating membership, so any appeals would be heard at a Board meeting rather than an AGM
  • Introducing byelaws to provide an additional layer of regulation within the parameters set by the constitution

Our Board of Trustees took the utmost care over proposing these changes - not only to ensure that Carers UK can be as effective as possible as a charity in a challenging environment, but also to ensure that we stay true to our core values that place carers at the heart of everything we do. 

If you wish to read the revised and approved version of Carers UK's Memorandum and Articles of Association, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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