In line with what Alumnus has said, it seems that the ACO does not understand the legal position, even though the CAC, and others, Act as Trustees of the GPF. In the early days of Charity Law, the CC was only concerned with Registered Charities, the ACO was considered to be an umbrella organisation, and has developed a position equivalent to that of Regulator, which is how come we have Form 60. The Law has changed and there is only one Regulator and that is not the ACO. Interestingly there is no requirement within the Law for an Excepted charity to submit a return to anyone. But there are obligations placed upon Trustees, which the ACO does not appear to acknowledge, and is certainly not then likely to refer to in any 'Training; session.
There are several recent breaches of Charity Law, which need to be resolved by taking ACO Trustees to court - this constitutes a failure of compliance, possibly through ignorance, but probably through acting under orders of a VR(T). Interesting these breaches constitute an offences against Statute, and would not be covered by Trustee Indemnity Insurance - the case could be against all the relevant Trustees who would need to provide their own defence against complicity, to avoid a fine.
The unfortunate thing here, is that the real person behind the issue, is untouchable because he is hiding behind a uniform and as such is not a Trustee.
Honesty openness and integrity is part of Corps ethos, and yet in real life is actually a scarce resource at some levels of the ACO. When a Squadron has lost all its’ staff, Cadets leave because nothing is happening, but the powers that be maintain, over a three year period, that a full and exciting range of activities continues to be available, does not equate to my standard of honesty. The annual amount of subscriptions bears testament to the decline in membership, so why the dishonesty and a failure to see reality.
And let us not overlook the important input of an INDEPENDENT monitor for Cadet Welfare, but what good is that if ACO feels it can remove complainants with impunity.
Let us hope that the porcine species does not achieve flight before the ACO delivers in line with the guidance we read.