Salmond pension to benefit North East charities
Outgoing First Minister and Aberdeenshire East MSP, Alex Salmond, has today (Monday) announced that his First Ministerial pension will be paid to the charitable trust established by him to assist good causes in the North-east of Scotland.
As reported in today’s Evening Express, the pension – worth £42,501 a year – will be paid to the Mary Salmond Trust. The organisation, which is named after Mr Salmond’s late mother, has a particular focus in helping young people and has already distributed more than £92,000 to 239 youth and community organisations or young people since it was established in 2007.
Mr Salmond has decided that for as long as he serves as an MSP to pay his First Ministerial pension into the trust. This is similar to the arrangement he made when serving previously as a dual-mandate MSP/MP between 2007-2010.
Mr Salmond was the first politician to choose not to personally benefit from two parliamentary salaries and now, in donating his pension to charitable causes, he follows the example of former Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson MSP, who has made similar arrangements.
The Mary Salmond Trust is administered by three independent trustees, chaired by Aberdeen solicitor and fishing industry leader, Roddy McColl, who consider applications for support.
Mr Salmond said:
“I have already made it clear that I am not retiring from politics and therefore this is the right thing to do. The Mary Salmond Trust has done a great job supporting young people, community and charitable causes across the North-east and I am delighted that this work can now continue into the future.”
MST Trustee, Roddy McColl, said:
“This is tremendous news and will enable the trust to continue its work supporting good causes and charities across the North-east. The trustees are delighted with the standard of application we have received and a great deal of exceptionally good work is being assisted by the grants we have been able to make.”
International Scotland comments;
How many other political leaders have ever done so much for their constituents – a worthy First Minister indeed – thank you Alex Salmond, lang may your lum reek!