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Is a charitable Trust deed a public document to which anyone

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Is a charitable Trust deed a public document to which anyone has access?
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. Please can you explain the situation in more detail?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We are a charitable trust and have recently had to remove a trustee who was not working within our guidelines and we were receiving complaints. I hasten to add this was nothing to do with fraud or financial affairs. We are a Labrador rescue and have strict guidelines as to how we work. This particular Trustee was asked to answer some questions regarding her behaviour and actions. She refused point blank to answer them. The Trustees were concerned that perhaps this trustee was ill or in fact burnt out so offered a 3 month sabbatical with a chance to come back to active duties after that three months. We set a deadline for her to answer this and received no replies other than demanding a copy of the Trust Deed. Because of her attitude and consistent refusal to abide by our guidelines and the possible damage to the Trust the remaining 8 Trustees were contacted and a conference call was initiated. It was at this point a vote of no confidence was taken as she was removed as a trustee. The vote was unanimous. She is now demanding a copy of the Trust Deed. As she is no longer with the charity is she entitled to demand this?
Hello this document is a private document belonging to the trustees of the charity. It does not have to be made available to members of the public or to a person who has previously been a Trustee. It may be that she is asking for it to ensure that the correct procedure was followed in removing her as a trustee. If it was then there is probably no harm in sending her the paragraphs concerning the right to remove a trustee. Is there anything further you would like to know?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you this is as we thought but just wanted to check. Many thanks - Anne
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