In 2010 the Folkestone Herald reported that the Creative Foundation (CF) had ‘received millions of pounds from the public purse’ – Sir Roger has asked for a right of reply which is published in full below, this blog post.
The Herald revealed in fact that CF had received about £8 million from the public purse, according to CF’s accounts covering the financial year ending October 2009
In 2010, it was reported that by 2010 ‘The Creative Foundation secured £33 million from the Roger de Haan charitable trust, as part of a package of funding totalling over £100 million with other supporters including the Channel Corridor AIF, Kent County Council and Arts Council.‘
Since 2010, the CF and the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust (RDHCT) have continued to receive ‘millions of pounds from the public purse’
According to both Kent County Council & Shepway District Council payment to supplier data, both CF & RDHCT between them have received the following:
Or put another way
It was announced earlier this year – June 2016 – that CF will receive £750,000 from the Arts Council.
The CF’s Trustees chairman is Sir Roger De Haan who also sits as Chair of the Trustee for the RDHCT
We note that according to the Charity Commission’s Data (Data for financial year ending 05 April 2015) that RDHCT had an income of £6 million and spent £4 million. We know some of the income came from the public purse, but we do not and can not say how much, because the breakdown is not clear.
In 2012 it was reported that Sir Roger De Haan (left) was worth £800 million.
Should a multi millionaire who heads up both the CF and the RDHCT in Austerity Hit Britain be receiving money from the public purse, when all around us cuts are being made and frontline services are being decimated?
Cuts to Children Centres, Cuts of £80 Million and a four percent Counil Tax rise reported by Kentonline earlier this year. And yet both CF and RDHCT continue to receive monies from the Public Purse for their projects. What do you think, should this be happening?
Neither CF or the RDHCT are to blame for the cuts, that responsibility lies with Central Government. Sir Roger De Haan and his organisations CF & RDHCT have genorously donated large sums of monies over the years to worthy causes, such as Age Concern Hythe & Elham, Demelza House, Shepway Volunteer Centre, British Red Cross Ebola Crisis, Zamcog – School in Zambia and many many others.
Folkestone has certainly benefited from his philanthropy. Properties which once laid derelict are now restored and have tenants running thriving businesses. The Triennial draws thousands of visitors, who spend money here and help the local economy.
That said, we do believe there should at least be a debate about the CF and the RDHCT receiving money from the Public Purse. We are NOT saying Sir Roger De Haan is a bad person for receiving monies from the public purse for his organisations. Many people we the Shepwayvox Team have spoken to, believe that Sir Roger and CF & RDHCT should not be receiving money from the public purse. Many people have said he & they should. All we know is that we don’t know, so we’ll leave you to decide that.
The Shepwayvox Team – Dissent is NOT a Crime.