Charities

Insight / Regulator probes charity over £200k payments

A Birmingham charity for the deaf community is being investigated by the regulator over serious financial and governance concerns

Insight / Charity Commission to update ‘responsible investment’ advice

The Charity Commission is to consult on revised guidance on responsible investments, in a bid to provide greater clarity for trustees

Insight / Regulator acts on £200k raised by unregistered charity

The Charity Commission has published a highly critical report on the activities of two people who raised around £200,000 for Rohingya refugees, after an inquiry found they could not show how all funds were used

Insight / £350k wrongly donated to Christmas charity scams

Action Fraud, the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator are warning the public to remain vigilant when making charitable donations this Christmas

Insight / Rehab charity reprimanded over financial failings

The former manager and a former trustee of a Birmingham rehabilitation charity have been disqualified, after a Charity Commission inquiry identified serious financial failings, including an unauthorised payments and unmanaged conflicts of interest

Tax / Call for reduced charity VAT rate on purchases to cut £800m bill

There are calls for the government to introduce a new special charity VAT rate on purchases, after a study found charities miss out on almost £2bn a year on irrecoverable VAT

Insight / Charity warned over conflicts of interest

The Charity Commission has criticised a grant-giving charity over its failures to manage conflicts of interest and poor financial governance

Insight / Charity founder banned over financial misuse

The Charity Commission has disqualified the founder of Kenya Community Support Network (KCSN) after finding he used the charity to provide significant financial benefits to him and his family

Insight / Charity Commission launches trustee guidance

The Charity Commission has launched a new set of simple, easy to understand guides, designed to help trustees run their charities in line with the law

Insight / Regulator criticises charity over unauthorised trustee payments

A Charity Commission inquiry has strongly criticised a poverty relief charity after its founding trustees failed to manage conflicts of interest, and unauthorised payments were made to a trustee

Accounting / Charity trustees polled on accounting framework

Charity trustees are being asked for their views on the charity accounting framework as part of an initiative to make the charities statement of recommended practice (SORP) easier to understand and to improve compliance

Insight / Charity given official warning over lack of financial controls

The Charity Commission has issued an official warning to the trustees of a Midlands-based charity for repeated failure to engage with the regulator in response to serious concerns, including lack of any control over funds being raised

Insight / Aid charity struck off over financial failings

A London-based aid charity has been removed from the register and trustees disqualified after two statutory inquiries found it could not account for around £2.8m worth of goods shipped to Syria, among a catalogue of other financial concerns

Insight / Charity Commission investigates London church charity

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into The Kingdom Church GB in South London over concerns about the charity’s management, including its financial reporting

Insight / Nottingham charity criticised for poor financial management

The Charity Commission has published a highly critical report on the management, governance and administration of a Nottingham-based charity, and disqualified a former trustee for a ten-year period
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