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Council urge rethink over common good funds.

Council bosses want common good funds to be cleared of their charitable status, writes Jack Davidson, Local Democracy Reporter.

Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone Common Good Funds are registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator each in their own right.

However a de-registration would relieve the burden of substantial auditing fees on the funds.

The move was raised at Wednesday's Finance, Resources and Customer Services Policy Board by convener Councillor John Shaw in the interest of "transparency".

He said:"I was asked if I was OK with this and I said I would much rather take it to the board."

The local authority's head of finance Alastair MacArthur assured elected members there would be no difference in how the fund is used in its communities.

He said:"There's no change proposed to the way that fund is utilised or its scrutiny." However, opposition Councillor Jim Sharkey objected to the change and tabled an amendment asking that its charitable status remain.

He said:"I'm listening to what's been said and I'm not convinced."

However, Councillor Sharkey was outvoted by seven to six.

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Sep 8, 2018
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