Councillor's Viewpoint October 2012
CharityThe merger of the "Club" and the "Trust" into a single charity has now taken place and will be effective for the current financial year. It is already helping us get a clearer perspective when reviewing our finances.
A formal application has now been submitted to HMRC to allow the CTC to take advantage of Gift Aid. The bureaucratic machine grinds slowly so we do not have a date for when this will be available.
One immediate benefit of being a combined charity is that our investments are no longer subject to capital gains so that our investment portfolio is being rationalised without the need for concern about tax liabilities.
Web siteThe new website was originally "set live" with a "beta" address as there was still considerable work to be undertaken to ensure that it all worked smoothly. Most of this work is now complete and the site will be migrating to the original www.ctc.org.uk shortly.
Oversight of the website has now been formally passed to the Editorial Committee, that also monitors "Cycle" magazine.
CTC Volunteer of the Year Awards 2012This competition recognises the often unsung heroes of cycling - the volunteers who keep cycling alive at a local and regional level. The CTC Voluntary Achievement Awards are for the people and groups throughout the UK and Ireland who deserve the most recognition for their achievements as volunteers.
Any member can nominate any CTC member or any CTC affiliated group. Awards will be presented at the CTC Annual Dinner in May, with national winners and recognition of the best regional candidates too. So this is the chance to recognise your local hero? The super organiser who puts on the best events in the region? The tireless group secretary? Campaigners who fought off a dangerous road scheme?
More details can be found at http://beta.ctc.org.uk/about-ctc/history/volunteer-and-voluntary-group-of-year-winners.
Considerable work had been put into writing a new strategy. There may be some further refinements but the basic outline that Council intends adopting appears below.
CTC Strategy 2013-20
- We protect cyclists
- We inspire people to cycle
- We promote cycling
- We operate a highly effective organisation
- We will engage substantially more people in advocacy for cycling
- We will provide effective leadership in protecting the interests of off-road cyclists
- We will provide the best possible support for individual cyclists in difficulties
- We will inspire more people to participate in cycling
- We will remove barriers to more diverse participation in cycling
- We will help other people to make cycling more accessible
- We will change the way that CTC is viewed
- We will provide “thought leadership” in cycling policy
- We will substantially increase membership -->
- We will promote cycling within communities
- We will become a genuinely nationwide organisation
- We will embed effective planning and performance throughout the organisation
- We will become an outstanding employer
- We will ensure financial sustainability
New CouncillorAs I reach the end of my 3 year term at the end of this year, I shall be retiring and am delighted that Jaki Lowe has volunteered to take on the role. For the last year there has only been one lady on Council and with the addition of Jaki, plus Janet Gregory, this will increase to 3. Still a long way short of the 50% that would be desirable.
I hope that Jackie finds her term as a CTC Councillor both enjoyable and satisfying.