We have to do the AGM differently this year.
In an attempt to slow the coronavirus outbreak, the government has banned public meetings of more than two people. They’ve also asked people to only leave the house for essential reasons and introduced strict social distancing.
We need to protect you, our members, and our colleagues but our AGM must also take place.
What we’re going to do is hold an AGM with the minimum number (according to our Rules) of qualifying members of staff present. As key workers, providing essential services, our staff are allowed to do this. We will, of course, do all that’s necessary to protect their health.
The Ricoh Arena, our normal venue, is obviously closed, and so we’ll hold the meeting at our Head Office.
Sadly we don’t want members to attend, as this would break the government’s rules and potentially put lives at risk but we want to make sure that members have the opportunity to participate.
You can do this in three ways.
We’re doing it this way because we have to, not because we want to. The Board and I are proud of the Society’s mutual heritage and understand the responsibility to members that this carries. But our priorities are clear.
I hope that members understand the decision we’ve made and agree with it. I look forward to resuming normal service as soon as possible.
To vote in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) you must satisfy the following rules:
1. You will be 18 years old or over on 23 April 2020.
2. You had a balance of not less than £100 in your savings account(s) or owed not less than £100 on a mortgage on 31 December 2019.
3. Your savings or mortgage balance will continue to be not less than £100 between 31 December 2019 and the voting date.
4. You are the sole or first-named account holder in the Society’s records.