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Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureau Trustee Board


Summary of Terms of Reference

1. The name of the company (hereinafter called “the Bureaux”) is Plymouth Citizens Advice Bureaux


2. The Registered office of the Bureaux will be situated in England


3. The Bureaux is established for the promotion of any charitable purposes for the benefit of the community in the area of the City of Plymouth and District by the advancement of education, the protection of health and the relief of poverty, sickness and distress


In furtherance of its objects and for no other purposes the Bureaux shall have power:-


(a)   to establish and conduct centres to provide a free confidential and impartial service of advice, information and counsel for the public (and for the implementation thereof):

(b)   to obtain, collect, issue appeals for and receive money and other assets by way of contributions, donations, subscriptions, legacies, grants and any other lawful method and accept and receive gifts of property of any description (whether subject to any special trusts or not) provided that the Bureaux shall not undertake any permanent trading activities;

(c)   to procure to be written, and print, publish, issue and circulate gratuitously or otherwise any reports or periodicals, books, pamphlets, leaflets, or other documents;

(d)   to arrange and provide for or join in arranging and providing for the holding of exhibitions, meetings, lectures and classes;

(e)   to provide training courses, seminars and other classes for the benefit of any staff or volunteer of the Bureaux or of any other member of the public who intend or wish to work or assist in furthering the objects of the Bureaux and to charge such fees (if any) as shall be necessary in order to meet or contribute towards the cost of each provision;

(f)     to promote, encourage or undertake research and experimental work and make available the results of such research;

(g)   to affiliate or become affiliated to any institution having charitable purposes only and acquire and undertake all or any part of the assets, liabilities and engagements of any such institution which the Bureaux may lawfully acquire;

(h)   to co-operate and enter into such arrangements with any authorities or persons national, local or otherwise as may be thought beneficial for the carrying out of the objects aforesaid;

(i)      to purchase, take on lease or in exchange, hire, licence or otherwise acquire and hold and (with such consents as by law required) to sell, mortgage, lease or otherwise dispose of any real or personal estate, stock, effects and assets (whether or not subject to any trusts);

(j)      to draw cheques, operate bank accounts, and borrow and raise money for the objects; whether by the issue of debentures or debenture stock of otherwise with or without such security as may be thought fit;

(k)    to invest monies not immediately required in or upon such investments or other assets as the Committee shall in its complete discretion think fit and subject nethertheless to such conditions and consents as may be imposed or required by law;

(l)      to undertake any charitable trusts (whether through the means of a corporate or unincorporated body);

(m)to employ retain or engage persons and to remunerate the same and (subject to clause 4 hereof) to pay reasonable annual sums or premiums for or towards the provision of pensions for the same for the time being or their dependants;

(n)   to insure and arrange insurance cover for and to indemnify its officers, staff and voluntary workers from and against risks incurred in the course of performance of their duties;

(o)   to pay the costs, charges and expenses of and incidental to the formation and registration of the Bureaux;

(p)   to do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the attainment of the objects of the Bureaux or any of them. Provided that:


(i)                  In case the Bureaux shall take hold any property which may be subject to any trusts, the Bureaux shall only deal with or invest the same in such manner as allowed by law, having regard to such trusts.

(ii)                The Bureaux’ objects shall not extend to the regulation of relations between workers and employers or organisations of workers and organisations of employers.

(iii)               In the case the Bureaux shall take or hold any property subject to the jurisdiction of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, the Bureaux shall not sell, mortgage, charge or lease the same without such authority, approval or consent as may be required by law and as regards any such property the Committee or directors of the Bureaux shall be chargeable for any such property that may come into their hands and shall be answerable and accountable for their own acts, receipts, neglects, and defaults and for the due administration of such property in the same manner and to the same extent as they would as such Committee or directors have been if no incorporation had been effected and the incorporation of the Bureaux shall not diminish or impair any control of authority exercisable by the Chancery Division of the Charity Commissioners over the Committee or directors but they shall regards any such property be subject jointly and separately to such control or authority as if the Bureaux were not incorporated.

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