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Castle Medical Group - Patient Participation Group ( PPG )

Welcome to the website of Castle Medical Group - Patient Participation Group 

Registered Charity 1162590 Friends of Castle Medical Group

We have a fund raising link via just giving for anyone wishing to donate to our charity:


The next PPG Meeting  ( the AGM) will be held on Tuesday  26th March 2024 at 11.00 am at Castle Medical Group.  

Patient Participation Group - what we do

We are a volunteer group of patients who meet regularly to:

1.  Review and update the Patient Group website on a regular basis

2.  Support Friends of Castle Medical Group charity in co-operation with the Practice raising money for patient facilities not funded by the NHS.

3. Volunteer assistance at coffee mornings and any other activities organised by the Practice that benefit ‘carers’ or other groups of patients.

4. At the discretion of the Practice, organise surveys to obtain patients’ views about Castle Medical Group and/or other related issues.

5. Seek to improve patient awareness of the healthcare and social care choices and support available to them.

6. Represent Castle Medical Group PPG at Locality PPG and CCG Network events and meetings.

7. Promote membership of the Patient Group.

New Members please!!

The group tries to represent the views of all patients and welcomes new members.  If interested, please contact us by email castlemedicalppg@gmail.com or collect an application form from the  practice.  Note that you must be a current patient of Castle Medical Group to become a member.  We look forward to seeing you!!

If you don't or can't attend meetings, why not join our "Virtual Group" - keep up with latest news and actions and give your views or help out if you want - it is up to you!! To join, contact us via our email castlemedicalppg@gmail.com It's easy to do, why not join - get involved with as much or as little as you want!!

Data Protection statement

As a member of the Patient Participation Group your contact details will be kept confidential and only used so that we can get in touch with you about PPG activities and meetings.

Contact details will not be passed to any 3rd Party.  Medical or other confidential information held by the practice is not shared with the PPG.

Further information about our aims and objectives is contained in our Constitution - see below


Castle Medical Group - Patient Participation Group


1.       Name

The name of the group shall be Castle Medical Group Patient Participation Group, herein after referred to as the PPG.


2.      Purpose

The Purpose of the PPG is to support the Practice in improving the patient experience.


3.      Aims

To achieve this, the PPG has the following AIMS:

·         to foster improved communication between the practice and its patients

·         to provide practical support for the practice and help to implement change

·         to help patients to take more responsibility for their health.


4.      Objectives

To meet these aims, the PPG will meet the following objectives:

·         Organising/participating in health promotion events

·         Improving methods of communication to the patients

·         Engaging with local volunteer services and running support groups to meet local needs

·         Fundraising to improve the services not provided by the NHS

·         Advising the practice on the patient perspective

In pursuing these Aims and objectives the PPG must not undertake any actions that bring the Practice into disrepute.

Each year, the PPG will set itself targets around these objectives, to be reviewed at the AGM, to ensure that the group is achievement focused.

Targets for each year shall be contained in Schedule I to this Constitution.

Targets should be clear, achievable and measurable.

Targets should be reported on at each Annual General Meeting.

5.       Insurance

Public Liability Insurance will be taken out as necessary to protect the Officers and members of the PPG against any risks that might be incurred in the performance of their activities.


6.       Membership of the Group

This shall be open and free to all registered patients over the age of 16 and staff of the Practice, irrespective of political party, nationality, religious opinion, race, gender or colour.

Membership will be automatic on completion of an expression of interest form. The new member will be asked for permission to use this information for contact purposes including distribution of minutes of meetings and other appropriate PPG information. Staff membership will always include the Practice Manager and any Partner in the Practice.

7.       Group Officers

The Group shall have two formal roles called Officers, a Chair and a Secretary.


8.       Roles of the Officers

·         Chair - to chair the meetings and manage the affairs of the Group. To ensure the legal and financial aspects of the group are correct.

·         Secretary - to take minutes and distribute agendas, minutes and any other information required on behalf of the Group.


9.       Election of Officers & Retirement from the Group

Officers may offer themselves annually for re-election, at the AGM. If more than one nomination is received for an officer role, a vote will take place.  To be eligible for nomination as an officer the individual must be a Group member.


A member may not serve as Chair for more than three in any five consecutive years.

Group membership shall cease if the patient leaves the Practice.

If any member attends less than 30% of meetings or fails to attend 6 consecutive meetings, the Chairman will contact the individual and discuss their continued membership.

10.   Annual General Meeting

The AGM shall be held in March. The Secretary shall give 21 days notice to all Group members. The date and venue of the AGM shall also be prominently posted on a notice board in the Practice waiting room and advertised on the Practice website and electronic notice board.

The Officers shall report on the previous year’s activities and proceedings at the AGM, with particular reference to the achievement against targets.

Officers shall be elected only at the AGM.                                                                                 The AGM will be open to all patients and staff over the age of 16.

11.   Meetings of the Group

The Group shall meet monthly at dates and times to be agreed. The group shall meet a minimum of ten times per year.

In the absence of one of the officers any member may be asked to deputise for the duration of the meeting.

A quorum shall simply consist of an officer (or representative) and those Group members present regardless of number.

The secretary shall call additional meetings, with the agreement of the chair and Practice Manager, should the need arise, with a minimum notice of 7 days.

An agenda shall be agreed by the chair and issued to the Group by the secretary 7 days before the meeting.


The PPG will raise working groups as required to meet the requirements of the targets agreed for the year.

12.   Minutes

Minutes recording all proceedings and resolutions of each meeting shall be distributed to the Group by the secretary.

A master copy will be retained in the Practice database and made available to all patients. The minutes will also be displayed on the PPG website.

13.   Dissolution

If the Group decides at any time that on any grounds it is necessary to dissolve, the secretary shall call a special general meeting. Dissolution will require the approval of two thirds of the Group present.


14.   Alterations to the Constitution

Any proposal to alter this constitution must be delivered in writing or via email to the secretary not less than10 days before the date of the meeting at which it is first to be considered. These proposals shall then be distributed to all Group members no later than 7 days before the meeting.

An alteration will require the approval of two thirds of the Group present.

15.   Exclusions

The following subjects are not covered by the Group:

·         Finances

·         Staff employment and disciplinary management procedures.

·         Complaints from patients which should be directed to the Practice via the complaints procedure.


16.   Document Control

This document will be made available to any patient who requests a copy and via the PPG website.

It shall not contain information that is privileged, confidential or otherwise protected from disclosure.

The custodian of this document is the Practice Manager on behalf of the Group who own it.

We are also a Registered Charity, Friends of Castle Medical Group (Charity Number 1162590)

Further information about our aims and objectives is contained in our Constitution - see below

Friends of Castle Medical Group

Charity set up as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Constitution and Governing Document



1. Name

The name of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“the CIO”) is
Friends of Castle Medical Group


2. National location of principal office

The CIO is based at:

Castle Medical Group

118 Burton Road

Ashby de la Zouch


LE65 2LP


3. Object[s]

The objects of the CIO are


The Charities Purpose


“To relieve sickness and to preserve the health of the patients of Castle Medical Group at Burton Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire by providing or assisting in the provision of equipment, facilities and services not normally provided by statutory authorities and ancillary to those provided by the doctors.”


This will include but is not limited to:


·         To enhance the environment for patients at Castle Medical Group by provision of times, services and facilities for patients.


·         To relieve the suffering or assist the recovery of people who are sick, convalescent, disabled or frail or to provide comforts for patients.


·         To help with transportation and transportation costs for patients unable to attend the doctors (when a doctor feels they need to be seen) but who cannot make the journey due to financial difficulties


·         To provide health promotion activities for the patients of Castle Medical Group.


·         To advance the education of the patients in health care by the provision of activities or the publication of newsletters.


Nothing in this constitution shall authorise an application of the property of CIO for the purposes which are not charitable in accordance with [section 7 of the Charities and trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005] and [section 2 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008]


4. Powers

The CIO has power to do anything which is calculated to further its object[s] or is conducive or incidental to doing so. In particular, the CIO has power to:


(1)    Borrow money and to charge the whole or any part of its property as security for the repayment of the money borrowed. The CIO must comply as appropriate with sections 124 and 125 of the Charities Act 2011, if it wishes to mortgage land;


(2)    Buy, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any property and maintain and equip it for use;


(3)    Sell, lease or otherwise dispose of all or any part of the property belonging to the CIO in exercising this power; the CIO must comply as appropriate with sections 117 and 119-123 of the Charities Act 2011;


(4)    Employ and remunerate such staff as are necessary fir carrying out the work of the CIO. The CIO may employ or remunerate a charity trustee only to the extent that it is permitted to do so by cause 6 (Benefits and payments to charity trustees and connected persons) and provided it complies with the conditions of that clause;


(5)    Deposit or invest funds, employ a professional fund-manager, and arrange for the investments or other property of the CIO to be held in the name of a nominee, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as the trustees of a trust are permitted to do by the Trustee Act 2000.



5. Application of income and property

(1) The income and property of the CIO must be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects.

(a) A charity trustee is entitled to be reimbursed from the property of the CIO or may pay out of such property reasonable expenses properly incurred by him or her when acting on behalf of the CIO.

(b) A charity trustee may benefit from trustee indemnity insurance cover purchased at the COP’s expense in accordance with, and subject to the conditions in, section 189 of the Charities Act 2011.

(2) None of the income or property of the CIO may be paid or transferred directly indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise by way of profit to any member of the CIO.

(3) Nothing in this clause shall prevent a charity trustee or connected person receiving any benefit or payment which is authorised by Clause 6.

6. Benefits and payments to charity trustees and connected persons

(1) General provisions

No charity trustee or connected persons may:

(a)     Buy or receive any goods or services from the CIO on terms preferential to those applicable to members of the public;


(b)      Sell goods, services, or any interest in land to the CIO;


(c)      Be employed by, or receive any remuneration from, the CIO;


(d)     Receive any other financial benefit from the CIO;


Unless the payment or benefit is permitted by sub-clause (2) of this clause or authorised by the court or prior written consent of the Charity Commission (“the Commission”) has been obtained. In this clause, a “financial benefit” means a benefit, direct or indirect, which is either money or has a monetary value.

(2) Scope and powers permitting trustees’ or connected persons’ benefits

(a) A charity trustee or connected person may enter into a contract for the supply of services, or of the goods that are supplied in connection with the provision of services, to the CIO where that is permitted in accordance with, and subject to the conditions, sections 185 to 188 of the Charities Act 2011.

(b) Subject to sub-clause (3) of this clause a charity trustee or connection person may provide the CIO with goods that are not supplied in connection with services provided to the CIO by the charity trustee or connected person.

(c) A charity trustee or connected person may take part in the normal trading and fundraising activates of the CIO on the same terms as members of the public.

(3) Payment for supply of goods only – controls

The CIO and its charity trustees may only rely upon the authority provided by sub-clause (2)(c) of this clause if each of the following conditions is satisfied:

(a)     The amount or maximum amount of the payment for the goods is set out in a written agreement between the CIO and the charity trustee or connected person supplying the goods (“the supplier”).


(b)     The amount or maximum amount of the payment for the goods in question.


(c)      The other charity trustees are satisfied that it is in the best interests of the CIO to contract with the supplier rather than with someone who is not a charity trustee or connect person. In reaching that decision the charity trustees must be balance the advantage of contracting with a charity trustee or connected person against the disadvantages of doing so.


(d)     The supplier is absent from the part of any meeting which there is discussion of the proposal to enter into a contact or arrangement with him or her or it with regard to the supply of goods to the CIO.


(e)      The supplier does not vote on any such matter and is not to be counted when calculating whether a quorum of charity trustees is present at the meeting.


(f)       The reason for their decision is recorded by the charity trustees in the minute book.


(g)     A majority of the charity trustees then in office are not in receipt of remuneration or payments authorised by clause 6.



7. Conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalty

A charity trustee must:

(1)      Declare the nature and extent of any interest, direct or indirect, which he or she has in proposed transaction or arrangement with the CIO or in any transaction or arrangement entered into by the CIO which has not previously been declared;


(2)      Absent himself or herself from any discussions of the charity trustees in which it is possible that a conflict of interest will arise between his or her duty to act solely in the interests of the CIO and any personal interest (including but not limited to any financial interest).


Any charity trustee absenting himself or herself from any discussion in accordance with this clause  must not vote or be counted as part of the quorum in any decision of the charity trustees on the matter.


8. Liability of members to contribute to the assets of the CIO if it is wound up

If the CIO is wound up, the members of the CIO have no liability to contribute to its assets and no personal responsibility for settling its debts and liabilities.

9. Charity trustees


(1)    Functions and duties of charity trustees


The charity trustees shall manage the affairs of the CIO and may for that purpose exercise all the powers of the CIO. It is the duty of each charity trustee:

(a) To exercise his or her powers and to perform his or her functions in his or her capacity as a trustee of the CIO in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purpose of the CIO;

(b) To exercise, in the performance of those functions, such care and skill as is reasonable in the circumstances having regarding in particular to:

(i) Any special knowledge or experience that he or she has or holds himself or herself out as having; and

(ii) If he or she acts as a charity trustee of the CIO in the course of a business or profession, to any special knowledge or experience that it is reasonable to expect of a person acting in the course of that kind of business or profession.

(2) Eligibility for trusteeship

(a) Every charity trustee must be a natural person.

(b) No individual may be appointed as a charity trustee of the CIO:

·         If he or she is under the age of 16 years; or

·         If he or she would automatically cease to hold office under the provisions clause [12(1e)]

(c) No one is entitled to act as a charity trustee whether on appointment or any re-appointment until he or she has expressly acknowledged, in whatever way the charity trustee decide,  his or her acceptance of the office if charity trustee.

(d) At least one of the trustees of the CIO must be 18 years of age or over. If there is no trustee aged at least 18 years, the remaining trustees may only act to call a meeting of the charity trustees or appoint a new charity trustee.

(3) Number of charity trustees

(a) There must be at least three charity trustees. If the number falls below this minimum the remaining trustees may act only to call a meeting of the charity trustees, or appoint a new charity trustee.

(b) The maximum number of charity trustees is 12. The charity trustees may not appoint any charity trustee if as a result the number of charity trustees would exceed the maximum.

(4) First charity trustee

The first charity trustee are as follows, and are appointed for the following terms]-

Dr Nilesh Sanganee and Mrs Claire Mansfield………………..…….…….. [For 4 years]

Mr Tony Green and Mrs Sheila Lambden……………………………………… [For 3 years]

Mrs Diane Coope and Mrs Carol Land…………………………………………. [For 3 years]


10. Appointment of charity trustees

(1) Apart from the first charity trustees, every trustee must be appointed for a term of three years by a resolution passed at a properly convened meeting of the charity trustees.

(2) In selecting individuals for appointment as charity trustees, the charity trustees must have regard to the skills, knowledge and experience needed for the effective administration of the CIO.

11. Information for new charity trustees

The charity trustees will make available to each new charity trustee, on or before his or her first appointment:

(a) A copy of the current version of this constitution; and

(b) A copy of the CIO’s latest Trustees’ Annual Report and statement of accounts.

12. Retirement and removal of charity trustees

(1) A charity Trustee ceases to hold office if he or she:

(a) Retires by notifying the CIO in writing (but only if enough charity trustees will remain in office when the notice of resignation takes effect to form a quorum for meetings);

(b) Is absent without the permission of the charity trustees from all their meetings held within a period of six months and the trustees resolve that his or her office be vacated;

(c) Dies;

(d) In the written opinion, given the company, of a registered medical practitioner treating that person, has become physically or mentally incapable of acting as a director and may remain so far more than three months;

(e) Is disqualified from acting as a charity trustee by virtue of sections 178-180 of the Charities Act 2011 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that provision).

(f) Is no longer a patient of or employed by Castle Medical Group.

(2) Any person retiring as a charity trustee is eligible for reappointment.

(3) A charity trustee who has served for two consecutive terms may not be reappointed for a third consecutive term but may be appointed after an interval of at least one year.

13. Taking of decisions by charity trustees

Any decision may be taken either:

·         At a meeting of the charity trustees;

·         By resolution in writing or electronic form agreed by all the charity trustees, which may comprise either single document or several documents containing the text of the resolution in like form to each of which one or more charity trustees has signified their agreement.


14. Delegation by charity trustees

(1) The charity trustees may delegate any or their powers or functions to a committee or committees, and, if they do, they shall determine the terms and conditions on which the delegation is made. The charity trustees may at any time alter those terms and conditions or revoke the delegation.

(2) This power is in addition to the power the delegation in the General Regulations and any other power of delegation available to the charity trustees, but is subject to the following requirements:

(a) A committee may consist of two or more persons, but at least one member of each committee must be a charity trustee’

(b) The acts and proceedings of any committee must be brought to the attention of the charity trustees as a whole as soon as reasonably practicable; and

(c) The charity trustees shall from time to time review the arrangements which they have made for the delegation of their powers.

15. Meetings of charity trustees

(1) Calling meetings

(a) Any charity trustee may call a meeting of the charity trustees.

(b) Subject to that, the charity trustees shall decide how their meetings are to be called and what notice is required.

(2) Chairing of meetings

The charity trustees may appoint one of their number to chair their meetings and may at any time revoke such appointment. If no-one has been so appointed, or if the person appointed is unwilling to preside or is not present within 10 minutes after the time of the meeting, the charity trustees present may appoint one of their number to chair that meeting.

(3) Procedure of meetings

(a) No decision shall be taken at a meeting unless a quorum is present at the time when the decision is taken. The quorum is two charity trustees, or the number nearest to one third of the total number of charity trustees, whichever is greater, or such larger number as the charity trustees may decide from time to time. Charity trustee shall not be counted in the quorum present when any decision is made about a matter upon which he or she is note entitled to vote.

(b) Questions arising at a meeting shall be decided by a majority of those eligible to vote.

(c) In the case of an equality of votes, the person who chairs the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.



4. Participation in meetings by electronic means

(a) A meeting may be held by suitable electronic means agreed by the charity trustees in which each participant may communicate with all the other participants.

(b) Any charity trustee participating at a meeting by suitable electronic means agreed by the charity trustees in which a participant or participants may communicate with all the other participants shall qualify as being present at the meeting.

(c) Meetings held by electronic means must comply with rules for meetings, including chairing and the taken of minutes.

16. Membership of the CIO

(1) The members of the CIO shall be its charity trustees for the time being. The only persons eligible to be members of the CIO are its charity trustees. Membership of the CIO cannot be transferred to anyone else.

(2) Any member and charity trustee who ceases to be a charity trustee automatically ceases to be a member of the CIO.

17. Decisions which must be made by the members of the CIO

(1) Any decision to:

(a) Amend the constitution of the CIO;

(b) Amalgamate the CIO with, or transfer its undertaking to; one or more other CIOs, in accordance with the Charities Act 2011;or

(c) Wind up or dissolve the CIO (including transferring its business to any other charity) must be made by a resolution of the members of the CIO (rather than a resolution of the charity trustees).

(2) Decisions of the members may be made either:

(a) By resolution at a general meeting; or

(b) By resolution in writing, in accordance with sub-clause (4) of this clause.

(3) Any decision specified in sub-clause (1) of this clause must be made in accordance with the provisions of clause [28] (amendment of constitution), clause [29] (Voluntary winding up or dissolution), or the provisions of the Charities Act 2011, the General Regulations or the Dissolution Regulations as applicable. Those provisions require the resolution to be agreed by a 75% majority of those members voting at a general meeting, or agreed by all members in writing.

(4) Except where a resolution in writing must be agreed by all the members, such a resolution may be agreed by a simple majority of all the members who are entitled to vote on it. Such a resolution shall be effective provided that:

(a) A copy of the proposed resolution has been sent to all the member eligible to vote; and

(b) The required majority of members have signified its agreement to the resolution in a document or documents which are received at the principal office within the period of 28 days beginning with the circulation date. The document signifying a member’s agreement must be authenticated by their signature, by a statement of their identity accompanying the document, or in such other manner as the CIO has specified.

The resolution in writing may comprise several copies to which one or more members have signified their agreement. Eligibility to vote on the resolution is limited to members who are members of the CIO on the date when the proposal is first circulated.


18. General meetings of members

(1) Calling of general meetings of members

The charity trustees may designate any of their meetings as a general meeting of the members of the CIO. The purpose of such a meeting is to discharged any business which must by law be discharged by a resolution of the members of the CIO as specified in clause [17] (Decisions which must be made by the members of the CIO).

(2) Notice of general meetings of members

(a) The minimum period of notice required to hold a general meeting of the members of the CIO is 14 days.

(b) Except where a specific period of notice is strictly required by another clause in this constitution, by the Charities Act 2011 or by the General Regulations, a general meeting may be called by shorter notice if it is so agreed by a majority of the members of the CIO.

(c) Proof that an envelope containing a notice was properly addressed, prepaid and posted; or that an electronic form of notice was properly addressed and sent, shall be conclusive evidence that the notice was given. Notice shall be deemed to be given 48 hours after it was posted or sent.

(3) Procedure at general meetings of members

The provisions in Clause12(2)-(4) governing the chairing of meetings, procedure at meetings and participation in meetings by electronic means apply to any general meeting of the members, with all references to trustees to be taken as references to members.

19. Saving provisions

(1) Subject to sub-clause (2) of this clause, all decisions of the charity trustees, or of a committee of charity trustees, shall be valid notwithstanding the participation in any vote of a charity trustee:

·         Who was disqualified from holding office;

·         Who had previously retired or who had been obliged by the constitution vacate office;

·         Who was not entitled to vote on the matter, whether by reason of a conflict of interest or otherwise;

If, without the vote of that charity trustee and that charity trustee being counted in the quorum, the decision has been made by a majority of the charity trustees at a quorate meeting.

(2) Sub-clause (1) of this clause does not permit a charity trustee to keep any benefit that may be conferred upon him or her by a resolution of the charity trustees or of a committee of charity trustees if, but for sub-clause (1), the resolution would have been void, or if the charity trustee has not complied with clause 7 (Conflicts of interest)

20. Execution of documents

(1)The CIO shall execute documents either by signature or by affixing its seal (if it has one).

(2) A document is validly executed by signature if it is signed by at least two of the charity trustees.

21. Use of electronic communications

The CIO will comply with the requirements of the Communications Provisions in the General Regulations and in particular:

(a) The requirement to provide within 21 days to any member on request a hard copy of any document or information sent to the member otherwise than in hard copy form;

(b) Any requirements to provide information to the Commission in a particular form or manner.

22. Keeping of Registers

The CIO must comply with its obligations under the General Regulations in relation to the keeping of, and provision of access to, a (combined) register of its members and charity trustees.

2. Minutes

The Charity trustees must keep minutes of all:

(1) Appointments of officers made by the charity trustees;

(2) Proceedings at general meetings of the CIO;

(3) Meetings of the charity trustees and committees of charity trustee’s including:

·         The names of the trustees present at the meeting;

·         The decisions made at the meetings; and

·         Where appropriate the reasons for the decisions;


(4) Decisions made by the charity trustees otherwise than in meetings.

24. Accounting records, accounts, annual reports and returns, register maintenance

(1) The charity trustees must comply with the requirements of the Charities Act 2011 with regard to the keeping of accounting records, to the preparation and scrutiny of statements of account, and to the preparation of annual reports and returns. The statements of account, reports and returns must be sent to the Charity Commission, regardless of the income of the CIO, within 10 months of the financial year end.

(2) The charity trustees must comply with their obligation to inform the Commission within 28 days of any change in the particulars of the CIO entered on the Central Register of Charities.

25. Rules

The charity trustees may from time to time make such reasonable and proper rules or byelaws as they may deem necessary or expedient for the proper conduct of management of the CIO, but such rules or bylaws must not be inconsistent with any provision of this constitution. Copies of any such rules or byelaws currently in force must be made available to any member of the CIO on request.

26. Disputes

If a dispute arises between members of the CIO about the validity or propriety of anything done by the members under this constitution, and the dispute cannot be resolved by agreement, the parties to the dispute must first try in good faith to settle the dispute by medication before resorting to litigation.

27. Amendment of constitution

As provided by sections 224-227 of the Charities Act 2011:

(1) This constitution can only be amended:

(a) By resolution agreed in writing by all members of the CIO; or

(b) By a resolution passed by a 75% majority of those voting at a general meeting of the members of the CIO called in accordance with clause [18] (General meetings of members).

(2) Any alteration of clause 3 (Objects), clause [28] (Voluntary winding up or dissolution), this clause, or of any provision where the alteration would provide authorisation for any benefit to be obtained by charity trustees or members of the CIO or persons connected with them, requires the prior written consent of the Charity Commission.

(3) No amendment that is inconsistent with the provisions of the Charities Act 2011 or the General Regulations shall be valid.

(4) A copy of every resolution amending the constitution, together with a copy of the CIO’s constitution as amended must be sent to the Commission by the end of the period of 15 days beginning with the date of passing of the resolution, and the amendment does not take effect until it has been recorded in the Register of Charities.

28. Voluntary winding up or dissolution

(1) As provided by the Dissolution Regulations, the CIO may be dissolved by resolution of its members. Any decision by the members to wind up or dissolve the CIO can only be made:

(a) At a general meeting of the members of the CIO called accordance with clause 18 (General meetings of members), of which not less than 14 days’ notice has been given to those eligible to attend and vote:

(i) By a resolution passed by a 75% majority of those voting; or

(ii) By a resolution passed by decision taken without a vote and without any expression of dissent in response to the question put to the general meeting; or

(b) By a resolution agreed in writing by all members of the CIO.

(2) Subject to the payment of all the CIO’s debts:

(a) Any resolution for the winding up of the CIO; of for the dissolution of the CIO without winding up, may contain a provision directing how any remaining assets of the CIO shall be applied.

(b) If the resolution does not contain such a provision, the charity trustees must decide how any remaining assets of the CIO shall be applied.

(c) In either case the remaining assets must be applied for charitable purposes the same as or similar to those of the CIO.

(3) The CIO must observe the requirements of the Dissolution Regulations in applying to the Commission for the CIO to be removed the Register of Charities, and in particular:

(a) The charity trustees muse send with their application to the Commission:

(i) A copy of the resolution passed by the members of the CIO;

(ii) A declaration by the charity trustees that any debts and other liabilities of the CIO have been settled or otherwise provided for in full; and

(iii) A statement by the charity trustees setting out the way in which any property of the CIO has been or is to be applied prior to its dissolution in accordance with this constitution.

(b) The charity trustees must ensure that a copy of the application is sent within seven days to every member and employee of the CIO; and to any charity trustee of the CIO who was not privy to the application.

(4) If the CIO is to be wound up or dissolved in any other circumstances, the provisions of the Dissolution Regulations must be followed.

29. Interpretation

In this constitution:

“Connected person” means:

(a)   A child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother or sister of the charity trustee;

(b)   The spouse or civil partner of the charity trustee or of any person falling within sub-clause (a) above;

(c) A person carrying on business in partnership with the charity trustee or with any person falling within sub-clause (a) or (b) above;

(d)   An institution which is controlled:

(i)  By the charity trustee or any connected person falling within sub-clause (a), (b) or (c) above; or

(ii) By two or more persons falling within sub-clause (d)(i), when taken together

(e) A body corporate in which:

(i) The charity trustee or any connected person falling within sub-clause (e)(i) who, when taken used in this constitution.

“General Regulations” means the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (General) Regulations 2012.

“Dissolution Regulations” means the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) Regulations 2012.

The “Communications Provisions” means the Communications Provisions in [Part 10, Chapter 4] of the General Regulations.

“Charity trustee” means a charity trustee of the CIO.

A “poll” means a counted vote or ballot, usually (but not necessarily) in writing.