A SUPPORT centre for people living with a serious neurological condition is to be sold to cover a six-figure pension shortfall.
The Aberdeen Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is to sell the Stuart Resource Centre after receiving a bill for £223,000 to help cover a pensions shortfall.
In a letter to members, the group said it planned to develop support within communities instead.
It said: “This has been an incredibly hard decision to make. But unfortunately we feel that there is no viable alternative. However, we strongly feel that maintaining services for people with MS is our main priority.”
The Stuart Resource Centre in Long Walk Road in Mastrick was opened in 2001 by Harry Potter author JK Rowling, whose mother died from the condition.
The MS Society was one of 79 charities involved in the Grampian Regional Council pension fund, now known as the North-east of Scotland Pension Fund, which has joint liability for a final salary scheme.
On top of the pension liability, current finances show that by 2017 the Aberdeen Branch would be forced to consider closure of the centre due to a fall in fundraising income.