Counsel and Care merges with Independent Age
Financial pressure on national older people’s charity Counsel and Care has led to a merger of the body with Independent age, a support community for thousands of older people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
In a joint statement the two charities said Counsel and Care had been experiencing a severe squeeze on its finances in recent months and without the merger its services may well have been under threat.
Under the merger, Independent Age has become the sole legal member of Counsel and Care and has appointed three trustees to oversee it. It intends to implement a full legal merger once it has had time to review the operations of the two charities. The name of the fully merged organisation will be ‘Independent Age’.
Independent Age chief executive Janet Morrison said the move would protect Counsel and Care’s services in the short term and provide a platform for expansion to suppo