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Old 05-12-2014, 11:48 PM   #41
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Thats why the Charity Commission Exists!

Go for it! Never be beaten!

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Yes, I have managed to make contact with Gareth. Thank you to all who've helped!

It would be helpful if people could start signing the Action for Botton Online Petition http://www.actionforbotton.org/support

More updated information on the way soon once I've clarified it to be 100% facts.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:01 PM   #44
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I can't sign this.
I don't know the people involved here but having experienced Camphill communities I have seen co workers who are very far from living in equality in their house sharing, are repressive and controlling and live in a way that far exceeds the salary they would have if paid.
The person has been asked to leave a house they share with vulnerable adults, I guess for a reason. It might be quite hard on the vulnerable adult if they stay?Has anyone considered this? Or is that less important than the co worker?
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:06 PM   #45
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Action for Botton welcomes support for communities from the Camphill Association (AoCC)

We welcome the decision taken by members of the Association of Camphill Communities (AoCC) at their recent Emergency General Meeting (EGM) to offer full support to the Botton Village, Delrow and The Grange Camphill Communites in their struggle to continue operating in line with the founding principles of Camphill. At the well-attended EGM on 3 December, the first one called in the history of the Association, three resolutions were passed with overwhelming majorities.

1. To request that CVT commence, without delay inclusive dialogue on behalf of the Communities at Botton, Delrow (near Watford) and the Grange (Newnham-on-Severn) with the Camphill Village Trust.

2. To provide full support to the three communities in their negotiations and desire to remain Camphill Communities true to the founding principles of the Camphill Association. This help to be provided by the AoCC in the UK & Ireland and representation to be made to the worldwide Camphill Movement.

3. In advance of the AoCC’s AGM in March 2015, each community to confirm their clear intention to strive to remain a Camphill Community true to the founding principles.

Neil Davidson, chair of Action for Botton, said: “This strong endorsement of our struggle for the Botton Camphill Community is very welcome and will give our many supporters added confidence as we continue the struggle against Camphill Village Trust’s attempts to dismantle the whole ethos at Botton.”

In a separate move, Action for Botton also rebutted CVT’s claim that HMRC was scrapping the long-established tax arrangements for volunteer Co-workers. The AoCC reported that it had confirmation from both taxation experts and HM Treasury that the tax agreement negotiated back in 2002 was still valid. In addition, a number of Co-workers at Botton have also now received confirmation from HMRC that they merely provided an ‘opinion’ to Camphill Village Trust based on evidence supplied by CVT, but not a ‘ruling’.

Neil Davidson added: “This announcement by CVT is a prime example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. CVT are the ones who have steamrollered through drastic changes to the way some of the communities are run and imposed a hierarchical management structure against the wishes of the clear majority of the Co-workers, the learning disabled villagers and their families.

“They then go to HMRC and claim the changes mean that the previously agreed tax arrangements are no longer relevant. I am delighted that HMRC as well as the Treasury have verified that the long-standing tax arrangements for volunteer Co-workers remain valid.”
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:03 PM   #46
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Action for Botton
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We support the self determination of Camphill Communities - An open letter

4 December 2014

Dear Friends

We want to thank you for your letters and support for Botton’s Co-workers in the recent months. Your messages from far and near and the selfless support from friends and families have been extremely encouraging and have meant a lot to the vocational Co-workers that remain in this charity.

We support what we believe made Botton and the other life-sharing communities so popular and successful: the freedom to live life and co-create homes and community as equals. Most agree that the self-determination of the community is essential to make this possible.

CVT has written to you and others making statements we feel are unbalanced and misleading. In our opinion:

 CVT is transforming a group of communities of vocational Co-workers into a large managed provider organisation staffed with employees.

 There has been no consultation process, no meaningful dialogue and no agreement with any of the stakeholders (Villagers, relatives and Co-workers) about these reforms.

 There is no legal, financial or social care imperative for CVT to alter the communities’ way of life so substantially and replace all Co-workers with employees.

 CVT is not responding to the law as it says but has actively created a scenario that it uses to assert that Co-workers must be formally employed.

 CVT cites a catalogue of ‘risks’ to justify the effective dismantling of shared-living despite these being firmly refuted by distinguished community law practitioners.

 Trusted sources say that CVT’s strategy – removing the Co-workers and fundamentally altering the key life-sharing principle – has been in the works for years.

 CVT is in breach of its founding principles, the principles of Rudolf Steiner as explicitly stated in its Memorandum.2

 CVT is enforcing reforms
- through a divide and rule policy that splits the community
- by giving people, including its disabled beneficiaries, misleading information
- by censoring information and restricting freedom of expression and movement,
breaching the Mental Capacity Act and Equality Act
- by vilifying Co-workers with exaggerated cost-claims
- using coercion and threats
- using gagging orders
- by manipulating the voting membership list

As you will probably have heard by now, Marjatta van Boeschoten, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain, visited Botton and has subsequently brokered a process of mediation facilitated by mediator Friedrich Glasl, due to begin in December. We were very pleased about what we feel is a genuine effort to help overcome this crisis.

Co-workers want to speak up for a tradition that is precious to us all and is creating somethimg of great value that we believe is threatened by reform plans that are too fast and extreme, going beyond what is really necessary, thereby threatening Co-working, Community and Shared-living.

From Community to Provider

In 2011 the charity’s first chief executive was brought in from a background in restructuring social care housing in Manchester but who had no experience, and judging by some of his comments, no sympathies for Camphill’s model of vocational Co-working. He announced that ‘we are first and foremost a provider’, as opposed to Camphill’s vision of places where people create communities. He suspended Co-worker trustees, Co-worker managers and Local Management Committees, and
established a hierarchy of employed centre-managers who report to him. More and more staff have since been employed by CVT into roles that had previously been fulfilled by Co-workers.

Following a process of mediation, Botton Co-workers were working in a spirit of openness and trust with the manager, confident that they were meeting all requirements of a modern social care provider. They now engage with the concepts and standards of commissioners more positively; this is being recognised and they are passing the CQC and other assessments. They, like those in other communities, recognised that CVT Communities, like all in the NHS and social care, need to address
their shortcomings and adjust to a changing environment.

CVT approached a tax barrister for her opinion on the Co-worker status, which suggested, on 26 April 2014, that Co-workers now appear or behave more like employees of the CVT Charity.

As we all know, on 13 May Co-workers were notified by CVT that they would have to become formally employed, or leave the Community.

With hindsight it is becoming clear to us that CVT has changed the lines of control and decision making knowing that this could and almost certainly would affect the legal status of Co-workers. CVT itself was repeatedly made aware of this by its auditors.3
CVT has not simply reacted to alleged changes in tax law, but has actively created a reality that now appears to be at odds with relevant tax law (which itself has not changed), a situation which CVT now pledges to resolve by making all Co-workers formal employees.

Co-workers maintain that Botton is a community of people with and without disabilities, which also carries out provider and business functions, and that they are vocational and life-sharing - a model that is perfectly sustainable. They are not the employees of a provider organisation offering work and support during certain fixed hours.

CVT is going far beyond adaptation

Social care policy in the UK has changed in the recent years, with person-centred care planning and risk assessments requiring much documentation, and a need to demonstrate robust governance and clear lines of accountability. The reduction and personalisation of social funding is continuing to exert pressure on any social care provider. There is no doubt that these required a process of adaptation as highlighted in reviews carried out by the local authority, but not the axing of the whole system of life-sharing Co-workers as CVT’s own commissioned report by the In Control Group
confirmed.

In her letter to the International community, Mrs Chadwick-Histed makes her case for change by painting an almost apocalyptic scenario afflicting some Communities when referring to actions required after local authority reviews in 2011. The ‘special measures’ she refers to were a self-imposed pause on further referrals - as recently confirmed by our Local Authority. This pause is now threatening the survival of Communities. There is no evidence for her remarkable claim that Co-working
is illegal, and CVT has repeatedly gone beyond resolving well-defined issues as they are
transforming and taking control of the charity and communities.

However, and this is important, none of the issues and challenges Communities are faced with, whether they are about care and support, legal or financial, actually requires that they so substantially alter their way of life and that Co-workers are replaced with employees.

Principles of Rudolf Steiner, Karl König and Camphill

The Camphill Village Trust was formed by Karl König in 1954 as a vessel to create and support communities on the principles of Rudolf Steiner, in particular his social ethic, the Fundamental Social Law and Threefold Social Order:

‘The well-being of a community of people working together will be the greater, the less the individual claims for himself the proceeds of his work, i.e. the more of these proceeds he makes over to his fellow-workers, the more his own needs are satisfied, not out of his own work but out of the work done by others’.

Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Social Order is described in the Memorandum of the CVT as follows:
“Social life in Camphill communities is based upon a threefold arrangement reflecting the recognition of the human being as comprising body, soul and spirit. This arrangement is expressed in the exercise of freedom in the spiritual/cultural domain; the safeguarding of equality in the realm of rights and responsibilities; and the practice of brotherliness in the economic realm. By application of these principles community members are bound together by will and personal commitment, not by legal4 constructs, meaning, for beneficiaries, any form of compulsion and for Co-workers the rights and obligations of contract.”

Instead of supporting and improving the unique vocational (non-contractual) and self-managing communities, CVT is trying to manage and control them and there is now a real risk that, if continued, the (last of the nine) communities will cease to exist completely. In its place there will be centres of CVT’s “One Charity” where staff provides support, like other providers do for their clients and service users. What seems a nuanced argument is however a substantial difference in emphasis that creates a different reality and experience for everyone.

Leading charity lawyer Hubert Picarda QC, in an opinion commissioned by the Delrow Group of families, is quite clear that CVT trustees are in breach of trust. He asserts that the principles of Dr.Rudolf Steiner as applied in Camphill "are a known and demonstrably provable factual criterion which is capable of being adjudicated upon." He finds that the governing principles of the CVT Camphill communities are clearly embedded in the charity’s founding document. He further argues that replacing what he calls a "shared life community ideology" with a "care worker culture" represents a fundamentally different charitable purpose.

This, families believe, is self-evidently the case when looking at what CVT has done to communities like Delrow, The Grange and Oaklands Park, and it is starting to show in Botton.

The Centre for Welfare Reform has published a detailed analysis of the destructive effect of the reforms on one CVT community, Oaklands Park and leading experts have appealed to the government to review the funding mechanisms that destroy community.
Co-workers are people who have come to Camphill as they believe in its way of life and principles;

they are the experienced committed Camphill experts. They are being eliminated whilst
communities are being managed and run with managers and often staff that have no experience and interest in Anthroposophy and Camphill – we have been made aware that previous Camphill experience is unwelcome. CVT now finds it acceptable for its employees to simply ‘google’ the festival on the day so they can somehow celebrate it with the residents, or to mock the charity’s founding principles like this locality manager.

Betrayal of trust

The In Control review of 2012 warned that the charity was at risk of breaking apart: “If the conflict is not transformed into productive negotiation at some point, the result can be disintegration.”

As some of you will remember, this led to mediation followed by a promising 15-month process of Co-workers and the manager working together. Despite the above warning, this came to an abrupt end with CVT’s announcement that they will abolish the Co-worker model.

As a consequence, there is now a strong feeling that the trust of Botton Co-workers was betrayed, re-opening an old rift that could have been bridged.
It appears that the intention to clear CVT communities of Co-workers and volunteers goes back years as a recent letter from the Chair of Trustees of the Mount to Mrs Chadwick-Histed suggests:

“Regarding the long-standing intentions of Frances regarding Co-worker status and shared living, I’m afraid you have simply been misled or misinformed: she revealed her strategy in this respect together with Tom Blake in 2009, and has been pursuing it consistently since then.”5

In 2011, Frances Wright was employed as director of human resources of the CVT, which was met with great concern considering that Co-workers are a substantial human resource in a Camphill Community. In 2014, in her recent letter to the Private Eye, she revealed her feelings about Co-working once more, when speaking of a “flagrant misuse of public funds and charitable monies” and ridiculing the valid legal agreement between the Association of Camphill Communities (AoCC) and the HMRC as an “amazing sweetheart tax deal”. This casts doubts on CVT’s proclamation that they tried their best to maintain Co-working and we can only conclude: it is not the state or the law
requiring that the Co-worker model has to end, it is CVT, and as it appears not only in response to a recent tax opinion.

Readers may be aware that Mrs Chadwick-Histed is director of Publitas Consulting LLP, “a publicprivate partnership consultancy, providing specialist income generation, service commercialisation, cost-saving, reputation management & strategic/tactical marketing and communications consultancy”, specialised in “Commercialising services & assets” and “Staff re-structuring, reduction, outsourcing” and “Reputation management”.

We can’t help feeling that this describes the ongoing reform of this charity, how Co-workers in this charity are being ‘restructured’ and the charity’s services and assets ‘commercialised’ (or‘monetised’ as the CVT Finance Director called it).

Co-workers and employees are needed for community, not employees only

The current leaders of this charity that was founded by Karl König now believe that running Camphill Communities with employed staff rather than vocational Co-workers makes no difference. And its chairperson responds with indignation when it is put to her that one can’t simply replace all life-sharing

Co-workers with shift-working employees and expect that nothing should change. Botton, Delrow and The Grange need life-sharing Co-workers and employees, they always had both.

Botton has always been one of the largest employers in its area and their employees fondly remember the time they worked with them before CVT took over, whilst most no longer enjoy working under CVT today. Botton’s Co-workers have demonstrated a good attitude towards employees and Mrs Chadwick-Histed is in no position to advise them about working with employees or treating employed staff well, judging on her track record in Botton.

CVT seems unstoppable, employing new employees by the day and is trying to push community out of the way. The Association of Camphill Communties (AoCC) makes an important point in this respect:

CVT have arrogated powers to the centre in almost every sphere. Our Communities have become mere subsidiaries of an organisation with a managerial mindset and a belief that they can only achieve compliance through control rather than trust and consensus.

There has been no consultation or dialogue

We maintain that with regards the questions of employment and life-sharing in CVT there has been
 no consultation
 no dialogue
 no agreement
 no consensus6
with the residents, their families and with Co-workers. This is not acceptable.

Furthermore, CVT has carried out no risk assessment regarding the effect of the changes on the Villagers and the charity.

The reader will agree that vocational life-sharing is a key question for a Camphill charity, which requires an intelligent and broader debate informed by facts. Although we know from various sources that most of the Villagers, their families and Co-workers want community-life, shared households and long-term relationships, and want them to be safe and transparent and offer choice, the issues raised by CVT’s 13 May announcement and in particular its consequences have not been discussed with anyone affected.

CVT likes to say that e.g. a significant proportion is supportive of the changes. This is false and a hollow phrase as we do know that the clear majority of parents and families oppose the changes and have registered this with Action for Botton and a Botton parents group, and have expressed the same on the parents meeting before this year’s Open Day in Botton where over 95% voted against
the changes.

Amongst the Botton Co-workers, over 45 are for a community independent from CVT
control whilst only 9 support CVT. Importantly, we know from a number of sources such as their annual reviews with their social workers or other consultation processes (Search 2011, In Control 2013 and Our Lives 2014) that they enjoy or prefer living with Co-workers rather than without or more independently, and that for some more independent living may not even be appropriate.

CVT has not considered what Villagers, their families and Co-workers have to say about the plans, and it does not surprise us that they don’t talk to Action for Botton either.
This is not because we have voiced a concern that some of Botton’s and Delrow’s assets may be sold, which remains an informed concern, or because we have used the Care Home Chain analogy to highlight that CVT is increasingly behaving like a large private provider organisation (even if strictly speaking they provide supported living). The reality is that CVT simply will not debate and engage with opposing positions.
Trustees have made their minds up and remain steadfast in their process of reform. At a Board meeting scheduled to be held in Botton they have listened to a presentation of the Co-worker Community vision once (after which Mrs Chadwick-Histed read a pre-formulated statement to be added to the meeting minutes saying that CVT had “a track record of good listening”).

However, all stakeholders want and need to be heard and this is why we have proposed the Three Communities Convention so that everybody’s views can inform the mediation meetings and the direction of travel of this charity. Mrs Chadwick-Histed seems very surprised at our request to put the restructuring and the relentless employment at least on hold whilst we are discussing the very same issue. Is that not common sense? How can one debate whilst the dismantling of community continues unabated?

For various reasons CVT’s date to complete the transition to employment is set to March 2015; they have given such a commitment to the HMRC and as we now read also to the Charity Commission.

We suspect another, if not he real reason is the enactment of new legislation, the Care Act in April 2015, which might give Villagers a chance to request a judicial review if they believed the reforms represented an infringement of their rights; currently charities are exempt from what can in practice be a powerful remedy, which for example would require a fair consultation process first.

Furthermore, the Care Act is also expected to change the aim of care and support from creating independence, the guiding principle in CVT’s segregation agenda, to wellbeing, which is exactly what the shared-living Botton Village Camphill Community creates so beautifully.
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Misinformation of Villagers

CVT is rolling out a program called Learn to Lead in its Communities, which as such appears good, but we do not believe that it helps them assert their wish to live with Co-workers as this is not a topic. With regards the reforms CVT’s approach to Villagers is to say that nothing will change, and with Learn to Lead they can then “make it truly their community”, once Co-workers are gone or employed. Learn to Lead is a company where CVT human resources director Frances Wright is consultant and director.

Meanwhile, CVT is keeping the media, the public and recently a delegation of Camphill Families and Friends (CFF) trustees from even meeting and speaking to the Villagers - we assume they would tell them that they like to continue living with Co-workers. For the same reason, CVT has repeatedly rejected requests from the BBC to visit the village and meet its residents for a television program.

In his easy-read letter to the Villagers entitled “Dear Botton residents”, the manager tells them that “There will still be Co-workers living in Botton” and that “Co-workers and their families will still be able to live with you in Botton” next to an image of three people in a house labeled ‘Our House’. In the coming weeks there will be drop in sessions for residents where Villagers can get information from the Manager and CVT staff only, whilst any attempt by a Co-worker to inform them about the changes would be treated as gross misconduct or alleged abuse.

The wording and image conveys the reassuring message that things will be as they are now.

However, currently Co-workers are vocational and therefore able to life-share, but employees will not be able to live in ‘Our House’ with the Villagers as they do now as there would be separation of living spaces between employees and people receiving support, nor would Community based on Freedom, Equality and Brotherliness and the Threefold Social Order be possible.

Furthermore, most (45) Botton Co-workers feel there is no basis of trust to become an employee of the current CVT, whilst the few (6) that have become employees do not life-share.

Censorship of information

In his letter to Co-workers and staff of 8 August 2014, Mr Denny, Operations Director of the CVT, requests a number of actions based on commitments given to North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), which include:

- Staff “should only provide information provided by the charity and agreed with NYCC”
- “Co-workers are advised they should not discuss or promote the content of the ‘declaration of noncooperation’, or the campaign by Action for Botton with the people we support.”
- “Any Co-worker who has signed the declaration that they will not cooperate with the charity will not be involved in capacity assessments relating to participation by someone we support in press activity, public meetings or any other similar activity relating to this matter.”
- “Staff are informed that any approach from the media to a person we support must immediately be referred to the registered manager …”
- “Concerns regarding family members’ intervention and messaging should be shared with the General Manager who may be required to raise with NYCC any potential issues within the overall safeguarding context.”
- “The care and support managers will increase their activities … also to record and action any issues that have been raised including reporting them as potential safeguarding incidents where appropriate.”8
- “Staff will be informed that disciplinary action will be considered if there is a breach of these expectations.”

Mr Knowles’ letter to Co-workers of 12 August 2014, regarding the Candlelit Vigil for Botton, stated:
- “The involvement of people we support in the recent public meeting has caused North Yorkshire County Council, along with other individuals to express significant concern to the charity.”
- “As a result we are now required as the provider to ensure that their participation in such future events and activities does not take place without a suitable capacity assessment.”
- “Co-workers who have declared they are not willing to co-operate with the charity are no longer perceived to be sufficiently impartial to carry out such a capacity assessment on behalf of the charity.”
- “All those working in Botton should not take any steps to share or promote such events and activities like this proposed vigil.”
- “Should anyone we support nonetheless express an interest in the vigil or any other similar events and activities in the future then I (or in my absence the Registered Manager) should be informed immediately and appropriate arrangements will be made for capacity to be assessed.”

These measures seem very controlling, almost oppressive for a Camphill organization. They include
censorship of information and curtail the freedom of expression and movement for disabled people.
They are also unlawful as confirmed by a solicitor specialised in the field, and the council stated that

it did not ask CVT to make such commitments and that of course residents are allowed to attend the Candlelit Vigil. CVT does understand or honour the first principle of the Mental Capacity Act, that a person must be assumed to have capacity. Only where there is a valid concern can people be subjected to a capacity assessment before going out, not as a matter of cause or for a manager to control who attends a meeting that might support the Co-workers.

It is another of CVT’s strategies to say that it has given a commitment to an authority, which sounds like the authority has requested the action in question, even if that is not the case. CVT says they have given a commitment to the Charity Commission that Co-workers are moved to employment by March 2015, even if the Commission has not requested this.

The reason for changes turns out to be untrue. CVT claimed that legislation has changed and that the HMRC agreement based on the Trevett opinion is now outdated. This is untrue. The Association of Camphill Communities (AoCC), representing the 61 Camphill communities in the UK and Ireland, including Botton, Delrow and The
Grange, said in its letter of 2 October 2014:

“At this juncture, we can confirm that we have obtained independent professional advice on behalf of the Association that supports the continued implementation of the existing HMRC Agreement with regard to the taxation of Co-workers.”

Furthermore, the Treasury has also confirmed that its agreement with Camphill is still valid and that there has been no change in legislation, but that CVT has taken steps to change its organisation:
“I would like to make it clear that there has been no recent change in legislation, nor change in rules by HMRC, which affect the status of volunteer workers. …, the agreed treatment is published in HMRC guidance, which you may find helpful and can find at:
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/bimma...0.htm.”9

In his letter of 21 November 2014, Dave Mitchell, Chairman of the AoCC states:
“It is important to make it abundantly clear at the outset, that Co-workers are vocational workers and no contractual or legal relationship exists between a Co-worker, the community and the charity.”
“It is now obvious that the CVT approached HMRC to establish if their Co-workers were employed or self-employed, totally ignoring the fact that Co-workers are vocational workers and that the existing Agreement between HMRC and the Camphill Association establishes that fact.

As a result and from the documentation circulated by CVT, HMRC proceeded to apply the standard test, based on the information provided by CVT, which has resulted in the ruling circulated by CVT.”

However, the HMRC clarified that it “did not make a ruling, but merely offered advice, to the set of circumstances provided by CVT Charity”, as stated in the letter by the Camphill Association of 28 November 2014, and “they did not state that the status of a vocational Co-workers of a Camphill Community was such that they could not continue to rely upon BIM22040”.

All this makes CVT’s claims and actions appear in quite a different light. It means that communities could continue to function in line with the valid HMRC-AoCC agreement, if CVT was prepared to support a modern and fully compliant community based on the Co-worker model.

It means that each of the many times the charity cited ‘the law’ as the reason for ending the Coworker model, which caused so much pain and damage, they may have misled Co-workers, Villagers, the charity’s stakeholders and the public.

CVT’s changes threaten Co-worker status

CVT has taken over the charity’s governing board, CVT has been trying to take control of the charity’s communities. The charity has done that by removing Co-workers from community management groups and imposing its own managers and thereby created, by stealth, a situation that has the appearance of a ‘master-slave relationship’ and Co-workers being employees of CVT.

These cumulative changes over the recent years appeared to move Co-workers and communities away from a situation in line with the opinion by Peter Trevett QC, the HMRC-AoCC agreement of 2002 and the charity's Memorandum and Articles, and towards a different entity, a large provider organisation where Co-workers could be regarded as employees.

As a consequence, based on information about how CVT regards the running of the community today, HMRC advised that in many ways Co-workers now appear as employees. Chief executive Huw John consistently and we believe deliberately reverses cause and consequence: he states that he anticipated HMRC’s recent findings (a cause that lies in the future) and in anticipation of this has made preparations to move Co-workers to employment (consequence).

This is incorrect. The reality is, that Huw John has implemented a series of changes that created an employee-like relationship between his managers and the communities’ Co-workers, which caused HMRCs recent findings. We say tried, because Co-workers have declared that they remain vocational and do not support CVT’s intention to create such a relationship.10

Unfair attacks on Co-workers using distorted cost calculations

CVT has sought to portray Co-workers at Botton and other communities as self-centered
spendthrifts, living in the lap of luxury and unwilling to change. CVT claims that Co-workers come at extortionate costs to the charity, which Co-workers only found out after the sums, broken down to individual families, were ‘leaked’ to the local press.

When Co-workers asked how CVT arrived at these figures they received no answer. The figures have since been published in CVT’s Annual accounts, a most unusual move. And still, Co-workers have received no breakdown of the figures.

Little wonder that, with such lack of transparency and so much spin, Co-workers find it hard to believe CVT. Especially as all financial accounts so far showed that Co-workers remained within budget and the Charity Commission has accepted this. To demonstrate benefits on a person by person basis one simply needs to do that - not end the Co-worker model. It seems CVT is again taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
CVT’s published accounts 2013/14 show an ever increasing bill of £6,018,000 for 274 employees and £2,126,000 for 112 Co-workers. Based on this, the average cost per employee is £21,963 compared with £18,982 per Co-worker.

One Co-worker managed, with the help of a solicitor, to get CVT to release a breakdown of his families’ (two adults and two children) ‘costs to the charity’, that CVT claimed to be £65,597 a year. An independent accountant analysed the figures and arrived at £16,394 a year.

Another Co-worker told us:
"I was a Co-worker for five years. It was very hard work, extremely rewarding - but not in the financial sense at all. My wife and I are today significantly financially worse off for having volunteered as Co-workers for CVT when we could have been accumulating wealth in our original careers. Whilst working as Co-workers neither myself, nor any members of my family had any private medical or dental care. Nor did our children have a private education. We sacrificed material wealth for a community ethos we believed in. Our leaving expenses were less than £3,000 for a family of
five.”

“The latest CVT 'fact sheet' is an unbalanced mix of misinformation, clearly published to give the impression of greedy selfish Co-workers laughing all the way to the bank. It is a cruel attack on the vulnerable Co-workers who include some of the finest human beings I have ever had the honour to know. It amounts to nothing more than mud slinging, cynically timed before the AGM - clearly hoping that some of the mud will stick. Don't be taken in - support your local Co-workers!"

The Charity Commission

The Charity Commission is the regulator of charities in the UK. It became involved for two reasons inthe recent years. First, in 2012 after a whistleblowing letter about a Co-worker in the Croft he described as living in luxury. An investigation was carried out and the accountant found that the communities’ Co-worker costs were not excessive but within budget, though it could not be ruled out that an individual did not receive excessive benefits. They also reminded trustees of the general rule that benefits for people other than the beneficiaries of a charity needed to be incidental and reasonable, although they were not prescribing how much that is as “financial support for Coworkers
is entirely the prerogative of the Trustees.”

They also advised that there should be a majority of independent trustees on the board. This was put to the membership in the form of two resolutions that did not pass the vote in the AGM.

However, they were passed on the next vote a month later after members received the following:
“You voted against the one, or both, of the special resolutions at the last General Meeting. This letter is therefore formal notice that your removal from Membership will be considered at the Trustees meeting unless you have returned a properly completed proxy form within the required time period supporting or abstaining from both the special resolutions.”

Instead of achieving an appropriate balance there is now not a single Camphill Co-worker on the board where all nine are now independent. This was never the intention or a requirement of the Charity Commission. It wanted fewer Co-workers, but what it ended up with was only one Coworker. We now have a group of trustees and an operational team with barely an understanding and sympathy for the role of Co-workers in the Camphill Village Trust - what hope can there be?

In 2013 and again in 2014, parents hoped that the Charity Commission would intervene as the changes implemented by these new leaders constitute a breach of the charity’s Objects and Powers as laid out in its Memorandum and Articles, which are not only morally but also legally binding:
Objects: “in accordance with the principles of Dr Rudolf Steiner (as summarised in the appendix) … particularly (without limitation) by the establishment and maintenance of communities … or other types of social and/or educational community, in which beneficiaries live and/or work and/or to which they otherwise resort, in community with persons providing support.”
Powers: “recruit and appoint community members to act as Co-workers for the benefit of beneficiaries and provide such Co-workers and their dependants with accommodation, food and support to meet their other personal and family needs, as the Trustees shall from time to time determine, in accordance with the principles of Dr Rudolf Steiner (as summarised in the Appendix to this Memorandum)”12
Please refer to our quote above for the principles of Rudolf Steiner as laid out in the Appendix to the
Memorandum. The parents’ concerns were well documented and evidenced, yet the Commission repeatedly declined to rule on these, even when backed up with a substantial legal opinion by the country’s leading charity lawyer Hubert Picarda QC that could not be clearer that trustees were in breach of trust.

Manipulation of the voting list

Being a member of CVT most of all means an opportunity for a democratic vote on motions concerning the running of the charity. To become a member in the CVT people need to complete an application form that requires them to declare whether they are a Co-worker or former Co-worker; an employee; or living with, or related to, or supported by a Co-worker or former Co-worker, or an employee.

They then need to “summarise their views upon the reforms as outlined in the membership policy”, which amongst some reasonable intentions state that “the reforms require Co-workers to be employed”.

The majority of Villagers and families, Co-workers and employees do not want the reforms an end to life-sharing and self-determination. But because they don’t want the reforms as they are, according to CVT’s policy they cannot become members and are therefore cannot have a democratic vote on decisions that substantially affect their lives.

Imagine the ruling party said that you can only vote if you support what they do, whilst those who oppose what they do will not get a vote. Whilst trustees generally have a right not to admit individuals, the guidelines of the Charity Commission state that:
"Trustees cannot use these legal rules to adopt an arbitrary membership policy so as to ensure (for example) that membership does not contain people that might oppose their views ...”

However, this is clearly what CVT is doing. We know that many with sympathy for Co-workers and the life-sharing communities have been rejected, often repeatedly, and that includes Botton Coworkers and many relatives of Villagers. On the other hand, many with no connection to the community or Villagers, but e.g. new CVT managers and their relations are admitted into the voting membership, and CVT has been actively trying to fast track the few Co-workers who are now working with CVT to get onto the voting members list.

Trustees decide in meetings who can become a member and who won’t. There were 257 members in 2012, 430 in May this year and 520 after the latest intake at the trustee meeting in October. None of the new members will be opposing the reforms on the forthcoming AGM on 5 December 2014.

Misuse of safeguarding

Last month two CVT managers told a Botton Co-worker that he and his children had to leave Botton immediately because of a complaint that CVT regarded as safeguarding incident, apparently serious enough to warrant his immediate eviction from his home and the village community. The next day, the local authority reviewed the allegation and found it was not a safeguarding incident - not to mention a serious one requiring an immediate eviction. There is no doubt in our view that CVT used the opportunity of a complaint, which could and should have been dealt with as an incident of ‘poor13
practice’, to eliminate an eloquent opponent of the charity’s controversial reforms by re-framing it as a serious threat to a vulnerable adult and using its power to protect the person from the Coworker by removing him. This is one example of several ones, but the first one where the victim of CVT has realised and highlighted the injustice so clearly.

Gagging orders

There are other examples that suggest that CVT has suspended or evicted Co-workers under similar circumstances before, in Botton and other communities, and we have statements from victims and witnesses describing such actions. CVT required several who have left the community or have been suspended or evicted to sign detailed confidentiality clauses, also called gagging orders, that bar the
person from talking about the charity and the circumstances of their departure. Some who have simply retired and left but not signed a gagging order are afraid to talk openly about their experiences for fear of losing their pension payments from CVT’s Ruth Fund.

Co-workers, having served the community for many years, have always received a transitional payment from the charity to support them for up to six months after leaving the community. This is discretionary, and people have signed the gagging order even if it means signing away their freedom to speak about the injustice they experienced. We have plans to set up a Co-worker support and protection fund so that victims of such injustice are not under pressure to sell their freedom of expression.

In the UK, gagging orders are increasingly frowned upon because, apart from being cruel and immoral, under the terms of the Public Interest Disclosure act, whistleblowers are supposed to be protected. Gagging orders are, therefore, not in the public interest and can harm service users by preventing concerned workers from revealing the poor practices of a provider. A key recommendation of the Francis report on the Mid-Staffordshire scandal was that all gagging orders must be banned in the NHS to prevent harm to patients.

Disrespect of Young Co-worker Volunteers

The young volunteers who come full of idealism to spend a year or two at our communities are a precious gift. We feel it is an abuse of their goodwill to simply make them cover houses without in turn providing the community experience, attachment to families and the mentoring by experienced Co-workers typical of Camphill. Under the new dispensation many feel disillusioned. Some have left early. Recently a group who had left Delrow having written a respectful and heart-felt letter bordering on despair to CEO Huw John were told by a manager they could not return to visit their friends because of their ‘issues’ with the charity. Only robust intervention by a group of parents
procured a grudging change of heart. Similar threats were made by Botton management to young Co-workers who signed a letter critical if CVT’s changes.

A culture of control, coercion and misleading information

CVT are masters of spin in our view. They talk of “listening and responding” when they don’t, and tell the public that their forced restructuring plan is “evolution not revolution”. In her letter to you, Felicity writes they are committed to working “with integrity”. We are not saying the following lightly but we do not believe that CVT works with integrity.14 Dramatization of existing problems that are perfectly soluble, and making vague references to ‘the law’ are known strategies to establish total control. Control is then cemented by manipulating the voting list by admitting only those as voting members who declare their agreement with their plans. Opposing Co-workers are being silenced, removed from influence and their groups’ decisions ignored, whilst key individuals are suspended and/or evicted for relatively minor charges using the
procedures that are intended to protect the vulnerable or the community. A number of ex-Coworkers have signed a gagging order and retired Co-workers are afraid to speak. Meanwhile, new
staff are being recruited rapidly and ‘planted’ into communities without consultation whilst most previous employees feel unhappy.

What may sound like a passage from a history book or the infamous practices of large corporates are in fact examples of the CVT charity behaving, as they say, “professionally and with integrity”, examples for which there is documentary evidence and witnesses willing to speak. For a while, Coworkers have asked themselves whether they were overly sensitive or, as some suggested, simply unwilling to trust and work with CVT, whether it was merely a question of being prepared to move on and modernise. However, everything now suggests that CVT has become a controlling and
coercive organization intent on removing all Co-workers using even immoral means to this end.

Co-workers cannot trust such leaders and just let go of the valued Camphill community model by signing employment contracts with these people, contracts that don’t even mention the words Steiner or König, Camphill or Anthroposophy, that will be for a maximum of 18 months and may prove to be nothing but a loss leader in a restructuring program driven by people that have long demonstrated that they not the guardians of the charity’s traditions and values.

Is there any hope?

Maybe and with much optimism all this can be seen as a dialectic process. We don’t deny that Coworkers have, to some degree, been reluctant to change and trust and work with managers in the past. Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction with CVT staging the complete elimination of vocational Co-working, threatening the heart and soul of its communities.

We need to keep asking why do Co-workers resist CVT and ask for autonomy from them and understand what it is they want to uphold and achieve by this; and we need to keep asking why does CVT want to replace all Co-workers with employees and understand what is it they hope to achieve
by this. Can a healthy synthesis be found?

At this moment we notice that there is no basis for trust and collaboration.

We do welcome mediation led by Dr Glasl, who appears to be a man with much experience and a good reputation and anthroposophical knowledge. The last few years have been terrible and we and Co-workers no longer trust CVT, but we also know there is no real alternative to mediation, because ongoing conflict would only upset those we live with and damage Camphill’s good name, and require costly and lengthy litigation to find remedy and justice. Co-workers must insist on their position much more strongly than last time and that binding agreements will be drawn up.

As one of Botton Villagers said: “Botton isn’t CVT. CVT is a different thing.”15

A Delrow parent said: “Our community has been hollowed out. If Karl König walked in today he would barely recognize the tree he planted. The soil that nourishes it is starving.”

We believe that an autonomous Botton would be the best solution for living as a happy and healthy Camphill community, modern and compliant, and much preparation has gone into this project and professional support offered recently to make it a real option.

The way forward

CVT wants the big ‘one charity’ social care provider that manages its various centres, employing staff to support its beneficiaries. Our perspective is a different one, with the emphasis being on communities of people living and working together, sharing their lives in service to one another and a joint social and human and spiritual endeavour. We feel this is what Camphill is about. In order to be compliant with regulation and legislation including the AoCC-HMRC agreement, communities need to be self-managing entities that employ staff as required, as has been the case for decades, supported by a governing board, either its own in case of a standalone charity. In practice, that could
mean that communities like Delrow, The Grange and Botton demerge from the CVT and form smaller more local charities with its own governing boards and management structure, or remain within the house of CVT but as fully devolved self-managing communities.

Action for Botton

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The state dont like self -suffiency and community, they are only interested in making money out of the vulenerable and disabled, irrelevant of the devastating consequences this could have on this village. Seeing as care policy is now dictated by the dodgy privatised government shareholders just like the NHS is being sold off and privatised at the expense of cutting costs to care for the sick. This is being purposely driven in this direction by not the government, but private NGO'S who have a stake in selling off the public funded nhs and care system.

David icke needs to get onto this
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An evictions officer was employed in Botton Village last week to take care of the mass evictions of co-workers and their children before April 2015. This relates to the fact that it it relates to a loop-hole in the law such that charities cannot currently have a Judicial Review taken out against them.

In April, this loop-hole will be closed. That means that an individual could then apply for Judicial Review against a charity - e.g. CVT! A Judicial Review could halt the current process being carried out by CVT, which is why they want to get it all fixed before that can happen.

Getting HMRC on their side is therefore part of their game. They engineered a 'master-servant' relationship in Botton, including a raft of managers telling people what to do, which HMRC take as the basis for a status of employment for staff. However, other statements by HMRC have made it clear that they are in fact responding to what CVT have done - there was never an instruction from HMRC that CVT should have taken this route.

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CVT have upped their bullying tactics and are now trying to starve co-workers and their children out of Botton Village.

Funding for one family (2 adults and 2 children) has been withdrawn leaving them with no money, no food supplies and no access to transport in an isolated location (Botton co-workers use a car pool to share cars).

Please share this and donate any affordable amount to Action for Botton using the donate button on http://www.actionforbotton.org/
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12 complaints of harassment by CVT (5 by disabled residents) made to North Yorkshire Police ignored.

If you think this is shocking and wish to complain as a member of the public, here are details on how to complain:

If you want to help write to North Yorkshire Police ask they closed the enquiry without taking any statements or holding an investigation …..? In your own words of course

INFO
The Police received 12 complaints of harassment 5 from learning disabled villagers and 7 from co-workers, they did not take one single victim or witness statement but apparently evaluated the evidence for a week then held a multi-agency meeting with North Yorkshire County Council after which they closed the file.

The officer at Whitby xxxxxx openly mocked the distress of the community members (apparently)

They refused to even see the below two villagers’ when they called 101 for help
http://youtu.be/JdPlVsKU1g8

- Here are the emails of Officer in charge of the ‘non’ –investigation. Send your complaint to all of them and copy your complaint to BBC Look North who ran a story.

Chief Constables Executive Officer [email protected]

Chief constable Dave Jones [email protected]

Other officers to cc:
[email protected]
[email protected]

Police commissioner
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Dr Joseph Reddington responds to Camphill and Private Eye Article http://joereddington.com/4554/2014/1...d-private-eye/

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Yes, I have managed to make contact with Gareth. Thank you to all who've helped!

It would be helpful if people could start signing the Action for Botton Online Petition http://www.actionforbotton.org/support

More updated information on the way soon once I've clarified it to be 100% facts.
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Thank you Dolores. Much gratitude:-)
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ACTION FOR BOTTON REGRETS FAILURE OF MEDIATION INITIATIVE BUT VOWS THAT THE CAMPAIGN WILL CONTINUE

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Maureen Duffy letter

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I have worked within the development of Camphill communities and with multidisciplinary teams in the public sector developing services for people with special needs in the wider community.

I travelled from Malta to attend an interview for the position of Assistant Manager at Camphill St Albans on 20/10/2014. I was not offered the position however I had interviews in two other Camphill communities and was offered both positions one of which was at a higher level of management than the post at St Albans.

I am saying this to make it clear that this email is not written out of any feeling of personal loss or resentment but I would hope that the people reading this email can see that what happened in my interview reflects a much wider context for how CVT is perceived to be managed and how it is being directed into the future.

My objective, in writing this email, is to enable transparency as the manner in which my interview was conducted raised some very serious and fundamental concerns regarding the lack of knowledge, experience or ability portrayed on behalf of St Albans management to oversee and implement Camphill's founding philosophy on which the CVT's constitution is based.

Prior to my interview I was asked to fill out a MacIntyre Personality Questionaire on line.

On arrival for the interview the results were given to me to read in the reception area. I was also given three questions/scenarios to answer regarding the position. I waited for 45 minutes past the arranged time for the interview to begin.

I was interviewed by two managers, one of whom was a manager of another Camphill community. When I was brought into the interview room I was told that the profile was not used for the interview but was asked if I thought it was accurate.

Towards the end of the interview both managers, before they asked the last question, behaved as if their last question was some kind of a joke. When I asked what was so amusing I was told that I should wait for the question and that 'for sure I would have an answer'. This was followed by what seemed like an "in joke" with sneering and laughing.

The question was "How would you implement the ethos of Camphill or anthroposophy if you were employed as assistant manager".

In order to answer this question I asked what knowledge the managers had and what training, induction or otherwise existed in the organization regarding the Camphill ethos.

Both managers stated that they had no training in the fundamentals of anthroposophy and that there was no induction for staff members and no training within the organization regarding the ethos.

Mr Weames proudly stated he would not employ any member of staff for the sole purpose of implementing the philosophy of the organization as this would not be right for his budget. He said that he tried on one occasion to read a book by Rudolf Steiner and could not understand it even though he was involved with a group of people who were studying it.

In my view this raises many questions for the trustees, members and beneficiaries of the organization and families.
* Have the beneficiaries and members been consulted regarding the lack of ability and will of the organization to implement the fundamental principles of their constitution?
*Are the trustees, members and beneficiaries aware that the management consider the ethos of their constitution to be something to joke about and make little of?

I applied for a job as assistant manager in Camphill St Albans and I found that not only did the organisation not uphold the philosophy but instead belittled it.

The beneficiaries and members of Camphill St Albans have a right, through their constitution, to know that the staff have some training and competency in implementing and demonstrating their understanding of the fundamental
philosophy of the organization.

Mr Weames has been in his management position for 4 years and in that time it appears that the CVT, which has been in existence for 70 years, has had the fundamental constitutional ethos eradicated by removing staff members who have experience and training in the ethos.

It appears to me that the trustees have been grossly negligent in their ability to actively protect and support the very essence of the constitution of the organization and failed to monitor the changes which occurred within their management structure.

Or, the question may be asked, were the trustees actively aware of and directing these changes without consulting the beneficiaries and their families?

Is there documentation/transparency of a consultation process with beneficiaries and members and families? If there is no evidence of a consultation process which included the beneficiaries then control of the existing quality of their service was taken away without their consent.

This goes against the current legislation of the "Care And Reform Act".

I flew from Malta for my interview at some expense to be greeted by an organisation which I thought reflected the ethos of Camphill only to find that this name was simply used as something to be laughed about.

My intention in writing this letter is to highlight and bring transparency of what I consider to be important information to the beneficiaries and their parents as I feel they should be able to make an informed decision regarding where they live and the quality of support they receive.

They have a right to a supported process of consultation with people who have experience and knowledge of the implementation of the principals of Camphill.

Mr Weames" unprofessional conduct and lack of regard for the ethos of the organisation is very concerning, however the lack of action on behalf of the trustees is grossly negligent.

What organisation would take the authority to systematically remove every member of staff who had experience and training in implementing it's
philosophy and then expect that this should be accepted? It seems to me that this action completely goes against the rights of the beneficiaries and members.

If my interview is a general example of the professional level of management within CVT then clearly there is no regard for the ethos of Camphill. Any individual called for such an interview with Camphill with experience in or having anthroposophical training will most likely not be given priority.

Personally I would not accept any position offered under the present management practice of the CVT as it is in breech of it's own constitution and the rights of it's beneficiaries.

Yours faithfully,

Maureen Duffy

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hello action4botton

surprised to see you on here (has it come to this?? jeez), but I used to work in Botton in 2011 from an outsourced care facility. I get my logs and sometimes raw milk and raw yoghurt from Botton (if they have any left). I have some very fond memories of my time spent with the villagers and they still remember me today if I see them grabbing some logs. :luv:

It really is a beautiful place in the NYMs...and the houses built seem like a different country style than yorkshire. Unique place. Unique people.

Botton Village has had its faults, and not always got things right. But then I would not like to see it go as the organic farming and alternative treatments using Welda(?) products are in the right direction for the people living there.

I remember the house parents and yes ok they live in a beautiful house, but...they are on shift 24/7/365. It is a great responsibility.

May I ask what do the majority of the village residents wish? Are they being listened to by CVT?

And also, I know that some villagers relatives are well known and wealthy...what support are they giving to your cause?

You have certainly come to a high profile place and will be keeping tabs on this. :luv:
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Many thanks for your reply. In response to your questions:

No the residents and their families are not being listened to by CVT.

North Yorkshire Police also refused to take the residents complaints serious and conduct an investigation (independent of CVT managers whom the complaints were made against) after multiple residents and co-workers tried to lodge complaints about harassment and bullying by CVT managers.

CVT donors are unaware that CVT are making such changes and that a staggering amount of donors money is being used to pay top law and PR firms in London to force through the new changes.

When CVT do letter inserting runs to their donors, the glossy booklets shows many photos of happy learning disabled residents living a stable life in Botton and no mention of things like the letters the disabled residents received before Christmas (with nice pictures) telling them they will have to move soon as they cannot live with their house parents anymore due to tax reasons. Tax reasons - another CVT lie!

Private Eye ran 2 articles in October and December showing light on CVT. CVT tried to stop the articles being published but the truth is the truth.

CVT are changing Botton into institutionalized care ignoring the wishes of the residents and their families who chose that way of life.

Here are the links to Action for Botton website and facebook page. Please share with any family, friends or on forums. Botton co-workers are facing imminent eviction as CVT need to get the current long-term volunteers out before 1st April 2015 when the law changes and volunteers will be entitled to a judicial review.

http://www.actionforbotton.org/
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What happened to Barry from Botton?
Did he make it on his own?
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Many thanks for your reply. In response to your questions:

No the residents and their families are not being listened to by CVT.

North Yorkshire Police also refused to take the residents complaints serious and conduct an investigation (independent of CVT managers whom the complaints were made against) after multiple residents and co-workers tried to lodge complaints about harassment and bullying by CVT managers.

CVT donors are unaware that CVT are making such changes and that a staggering amount of donors money is being used to pay top law and PR firms in London to force through the new changes.

When CVT do letter inserting runs to their donors, the glossy booklets shows many photos of happy learning disabled residents living a stable life in Botton and no mention of things like the letters the disabled residents received before Christmas (with nice pictures) telling them they will have to move soon as they cannot live with their house parents anymore due to tax reasons. Tax reasons - another CVT lie!

Private Eye ran 2 articles in October and December showing light on CVT. CVT tried to stop the articles being published but the truth is the truth.

CVT are changing Botton into institutionalized care ignoring the wishes of the residents and their families who chose that way of life.

Here are the links to Action for Botton website and facebook page. Please share with any family, friends or on forums. Botton co-workers are facing imminent eviction as CVT need to get the current long-term volunteers out before 1st April 2015 when the law changes and volunteers will be entitled to a judicial review.

http://www.actionforbotton.org/
"North Yorkshire Police also refused to take the residents complaints serious and conduct an investigation (independent of CVT managers whom the complaints were made against) after multiple residents and co-workers tried to lodge complaints about harassment and bullying by CVT managers.
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Then surely this is now a case for discrimination towards the villagers? To not take them seriously and to downplay their concerns, is a safeguarding issue in itself as it is based on stereo-typing and prejudice which has manifested into discrimination. Its right there in the safeguarding guidelines...tsk tsk that NY police have discounted villagers complaints and even mocked them.


"CVT are changing Botton into institutionalized care ignoring the wishes of the residents and their families who chose that way of life."


So CVT are harping on about safeguarding issues regarding a member of staff. However, CVT is also committing institutional abuse by not taking into account the choices and freedoms of its villagers from not listening to their personal input into their own care, by ironically, turning the village into an institution.

This is why I hate health and social care, you deal with what social care is meant to achieve and then come across the reality of where if it cuts into profit, the patient/residents wishes get ignored and trampled upon. Hate it.
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What happened to Barry from Botton?
Did he make it on his own?
I have seen Barry around Whitby ...great guy with great comedic timing
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