Worksop & District

Constitution & Policies

MEMBERSHIP FORM 2018/19

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CONSTITUTION OF WORKSOP & DISTRICT U3A

Registered Charity No 1156668

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POLICIES

Data Protection (Updated 1808)
Privacy (updated 1808)
Car Sharing
Communication of Information
Donations to other Charities
Safeguarding of vulnerable adults 2019-08
Welfare

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

PAID TUTORS: The Worksop & District U3A views - 21st March 2015

Dear Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to explain the situation regarding Paid Tutors and to hopefully dispel any rumours that are currently circulating.

The Paid Tutor issue has been with us for quite some time now and has caused some concern. We have found some ways around this, but we have now received formal advice from our National Executive Committee (NEC), based in London. This advice was distributed nationally and affects all U3As.
The NEC does believe that the arguments for not paying tutors are very strong. The aim of the U3A movement is for members of interest groups to contribute, in many different ways, to the success of the group without the assistance of non-U3A members. The NEC believes that this mutual learning model is still very relevant today, as it was when the U3A was founded in the 1980s.

There are instances where, within a U3A group, an interest group requires to move on to a level where the internal expertise is not available, either within the U3A or within other close U3As. This could mean setting on a Paid Tutor and it may well be that the particular course discipline is not easily picked up to a teaching level. If this situation has to be used, then the group will fall outside the U3A ethos and thus dilute the U3A image.

Worksop and District U3A is now a registered charity and because of this could be a focus for HMRC work. We are now hearing on the news that HMRC are taking a closer look at, small businesses, self-employed people and charities.

There would be difficulties in protecting the U3A and its members from legal challenges and HMRC penalties. Should any penalties arise The Worksop and District U3A Executive Committee, the Trustees of the U3A would be held responsible.
Because of these issues your Trustees have unanimously decided to adopt the NEC’s recommendation to not allow interest groups to have Paid Tutors.
• This does NOT mean that Worksop and District U3A are “kicking out” any members.
• If members are part of other interest groups that do not have paid tutors they will obviously remain within the U3A.
• If an interest group decides that they require a Paid Tutor then they cannot continue to be a U3A interest group.
• At a later date members may decide to form a similar group but without a Paid Tutor. This would be welcomed and would be formed within the U3A umbrella.

Please feel free to ask myself or anyone of the Executive Committee any question regarding the issue of Paid Tutors.

Thank you,
John Beaty
Chairman Worksop and District U3A
March 2015