The Newcastle Building Society wants to avoid disruption to its business caused by speculators. As a result all new customers opening share accounts are required to agree to assign any windfall benefits to which they might become entitled on a future conversion or take-over of the Society. The assignment will be in favour of the Community Foundation, one of the leading community foundations in the UK. The agreement will be for a period of 5 years.
Agreement To Assign Windfalls To Charity
Words printed in bold below are explained in notes at the end.
- Paragraphs 2 to 6, below, will apply to me unless I am an exempt customer at the time the account is opened.
- I agree with the Society that, if the right to any windfall benefits is granted to me after the account is opened, I will assign those windfall benefits to the selected charity unless either of the following applies:
- The period between my account being opened and the conversion announcement date is more than 5 years (or, if applicable, the shorter period).
- On the conversion announcement date, I am a borrowing member of the Society.
- I authorise the Society and the successor to pass any windfall benefits direct to the selected charity (or to any other charity which the selected charity may nominate to receive those benefits) without notice to me.
- I understand that:
- The Society has promised to transfer to the selected charity the benefit of the agreement which I have given under paragraph 2, above.
- Neither the Society nor the selected charity will release me from that agreement.
- Any power of the Society to change the terms of its contract with me will not apply to any of the terms set out in this section of the application form.
- I authorise the Society to give the selected charity any information about me or any account which I have with the Society (now or in the future) - but only if the selected charity reasonably needs it regarding the agreement I have given under paragraph 2, above.
- I understand that the Society will require anyone who opens a share account (who is not then an exempt customer) to agree to assign to charity the right to any windfall benefits which that person may become entitled to. The terms of the agreement will be decided by the Society and may be different from the terms in paragraphs 1 to 5, above. This paragraph will no longer apply if the Society publishes a notice in the press of a decision by the Society that it will no longer require new shareholding members to enter into such agreements.
These notes apply to the preceding paragraphs 1 to 6:
- The account is the share account which you are applying to open by completing the form.
- The conversion announcement date means the date on which the Society makes a public announcement of a proposal to transfer its business to a successor.
- The current terms means terms which are the same as, or similar to the terms set out in paragraphs 2 to 5, above.
- You are an exempt customer when you open the account if:
- You have held shares in the Society (other than permanent interest bearing shares) at all times since 31st March 1999.
- You are a borrowing member of the Society.
- You have already entered into an agreement with the Society binding you to the current terms.
- You belong to one of the groups of other people who, in the Society's opinion, do not need to be asked to agree to the current terms. A list of these groups is available from the Society at any time. The Society may alter the number and composition of the groups from time to time, but no alteration will apply retrospectively.
- A person opens an account either by opening a new account or by having an existing account transferred into his or her name (whether as sole or joint holder).
- The selected charity means the Community Foundation or, if it is at any time no longer a registered charity, any other charity or charities selected by it to receive assignment of windfall benefits.
- A shorter period is applicable if, when the Society opens your account, you belong to one of the groups of people who, in the Society's opinion, do not need to be asked to agree the usual 5 year period. A list of these groups, stating the periods applicable to them, is available from the Society at any time. The Society may alter the number and composition of the groups and the periods applicable to them from time to time, but no alteration will apply retrospectively.
- The successor is any company or other corporate body to which the Society transfers its business under section 97 of the Building Societies Act 1986 (or under any provision which amends or replaces it).
- A windfall benefit is a benefit which a person has the right to receive as a shareholding member of the Society, under the terms of any future transfer of the Society's business to a successor (i.e. On a conversion or take-over) other than:
- The replacement of savings in a share account with the Society with savings in a deposit account with the successor.
- Any benefit which the Society has decided may be kept by a person who has a number of accounts and was an exempt customer when opening one or more (but not all) of them. A list setting out the conditions which determine whether, and to what extent, such a person may keep a benefit is available from the Society at any time. These conditions may be altered by the Society from time to time, but no alteration will apply retrospectively.
- Where more than one of you is signing this form, paragraph 1 and (if applicable) paragraphs 2 to 6 above, apply to each of you separately.
- If the Society no longer exists following a merger with another building society, paragraphs 2 to 6, above, will still apply between you and the other society.