Charities

Insight / Regulator probes Sheffield educational charity’s finances

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into educational charity Avicenna Global due to concerns over potential misconduct and mismanagement at the Sheffield-based charity

Insight / Regulator scrutinises charities in £10m money laundering scam

The Charity Commission has revealed it is undertaking a class statutory inquiry into London-based charities alleged to be involved in a scheme to launder £10m from the sale of counterfeit erectile dysfunction and slimming pills

Accounting / International charity trustees ignore safeguarding risks

The trustees of international UK charities need to focus more on the risks associated with safeguarding and the impact of Brexit, which are being neglected in favour of a concentration on future funding and financial sustainability, according to research from Haysmacintyre

Accounting / Charity regulator investigating funds at unregistered organisation

The Charity Commission is to investigate the funds raised by an unregistered organisation, Sikh Youth UK, as the money is classed as being charitable and there have been warnings over financial management

Insight / Regulator investigates charities over trustee concerns

The Charity Commission has opened two separate statutory inquiries into The Jalloh Charitable Trust and The Deacons Charitable Trust, over concerns about potential conflicts of interest and a number of accounting issues

Insight / RAF Honington mess charity caught up in £200k fraud

A Charity Commission class inquiry into the Royal Air Force (RAF) mess charities has found there were serious governance and management failures, which allowed a contractor to siphon off around £200,000 in charity funds over a four-year period at RAF Honington in Suffolk

Tax / Higher rate tax relief for charity donations hits £520m

Wealthy donors gave the largest share to charity as they gain the most from tax relief with the latest HMRC figures showing that charity tax relief jumped to £3.8bn

Insight / Charity chief executive failed to account for donations

Busoga Association (UK)’s chief executive acted without trustee oversight, with funds unaccounted for and external consultants hired without trustees' knowledge, finds Charity Commission

Accounting / Wilkinson: small charity accounts need to be simplified

Helena Wilkinson, partner and head of charities at Price Bailey, takes a critical look at plans for a radical overhaul of charity accounting from stronger governance and an overhaul of membership of the SORP committee to bespoke accounting rules for smaller charities, following the Morgan governance review

Audit / Regulator slams Oxfam over governance failings

The Charity Commission has published a highly critical report on Oxfam GB, stating that aspects of the charity’s past record on safeguarding amount to mismanagement through governance failures, and saying there was a culture of ‘tolerating poor behaviour’

Insight / Seven-year ban for boss over charity collapse

The boss of a leading alcohol and drug addiction charity has been given a seven-year director disqualification for causing it to collapse by entering into financial contracts that set unachievable targets

Insight / Regulator investigates £800k charity transfer

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Devon Charitable Trust, a Harrow-based charity, over concerns about the transfer of thousands of pounds of funds to a trustee’s bank account and the handling of donations

Accounting / Charity accounting needs radical overhaul, says Morgan review

Charity reporting and accounting needs to be overhauled to provide more transparency and accountability on financials and to simplify the reporting process for the smallest charities, says Charity SORP review panel, chaired by professor Gareth Morgan

Insight / 'No evidence of charitable activity’ at Gaza aid charity

The Charity Commission has published a highly critical report on Viva Palestina, the aid charity founded by former MP George Galloway, saying it may not have conducted any charitable activity or distributed any humanitarian aid, and finding its former trustees were responsible for mismanagement

Insight / Charity and trustees removed for ‘serious abuse’ of funds

The Charity Commission has removed a charity and its trustees from its register, after an investigation uncovered ‘serious abuse’ of its funds, including spending on gym memberships and TV subscriptions, and no evidence of any charitable activity
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