Decision to be made on management of Portsmouth charity

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PORTSMOUTH City Council is considering severing its ties with a charitable trust in an effort to save money.

The Alderman Joe Davidson Memorial Charity Trust, which provides housing for the elderly, has been running since 1962. Its activities are managed by the council’s community and democratic services department. But following a review of budget savings the council is considering transferring responsibility to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation.

The trust has asked whether its current committee can be replaced with six trustees; Keith Crabbe, Clive Davidson, James Woolsgrove, Christopher Trevellick, Tony Cooper and John Stock.

A decision will be made by councillor Hugh Mason, the council’s cabinet member for resources, on Thursday at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Deputy conservative group leader Cllr Donna Jones and Labour’s Cllr David Horne will attend. Cllr Jones said: ‘The sad thing is it means taking trusts away from the city where they are established, but it’s a reflection of the times we are in.’