Redress Scheme Update, May 2021

This update is from the Trustees of the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust (‘JFCT’) in relation to the Redress Scheme being established by the JFCT.

At the end of January 2021, new independent Trustees were added to the JFCT board to assist the closure of the Trust and the establishment of the Redress Scheme.

The Trustee board then instructed a due diligence review of the progress of the Redress Scheme to date and the associated information which the Trust’s solicitors, BLM, had access to.

In that review, additional information was discovered regarding the community, its structure and who was responsible for aspects of community life.

Legal advice is currently being obtained on that additional information, which needs to be integrated into the draft design of the Redress Scheme. This advice is expected to be forthcoming in July 2021.

Following gaining this advice, the Trust will require to:

  • Integrate the appropriate elements into the draft design of the scheme.
  • Share the draft design of the scheme with survivor groups.
  • Decide on required votes from JFCT Members, as per the JFCT constitution.
  • Gain insurance approval.

Whilst the Trustees are committed to the delivery of the Redress Scheme, the above points will take time to progress throughout 2021. Please note that the order of points is subject to change.

Meanwhile, the JFCT continues to sell its assets and to capitalise Redress Scheme funds.

The JFCT also continue to meet their obligations regarding members of the Trust, who formerly lived in or are currently transitioning from community houses.

Phases of closure can be viewed here: https://jesus.org.uk/timeline/

The next update on the progress of the Redress Scheme is scheduled for end June 2021.