This month’s meeting received and discussed budgets and reports on personnel and property matters (HQ and Regional Offices)A number of decisions were made regarding Annual Conference. One was that the Secretary’s grant to contribute to local associations’ costs in sending a delegate would remain at £100 per day of conference. This is particularly important to smaller associations. Associations and divisions can also claim for standard rail fares for two delegates.
It was agreed to change the procedure for the issue of ballot papers to the important Conference Arrangements Committee, which takes place at Conference. In the past, these are sent out with other conference material in advance. It was agreed that in future these will be issued at the Conference itself, on presentation of credentials. If you are a conference delegate, it is important that you get this paper, and use it ! It was agreed to recommendFollowing Nina Franklin, ex-President’s appointment as a Regional Officer, the Executive has formally appointed Julie Lyon-Taylor to fill the vacant National Officer’s place for the remainder of the Executive cycle. As a result, the committee agreed to a by-election for Julie’s former Executive area of Cheshire, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helen’s, Sefton, Warrington and the Wirral. Nominations will close on the 7th January, and if it is contested, voting will be between 30th January and 20th February.