Gloucester charity investigated over failure to file accounts

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into All Nations Community Centre, after the Gloucester-based charity failed to comply with a request to provide accounting information covering a period of five years

The charity has objects to provide community activities, including educational and social support, and was first set up in 2005.

In September 2016 the charity was included in the Commission’s class inquiry into charities that are in default for submitting their statutory accounts and returns for two or more financial years.

At that point, the Commission requested the charity submit its accounting information for the five financial years ending 30 September 2011 through to 2015. The trustees failed to comply with the order.

The charity’s only filing during the period was for the financial year end 30 September 2012, when it recorded income of £12,422 and spending of £120,891.

The inquiry will look at whether All Nations Community Centre is established as a charity and is operating for the public benefit. It will also assess the general administration, governance and management of the charity by the trustees with specific regard to the charity’s property, and consider whether or not the trustees have complied with and fulfilled their duties and responsibilities as trustees under charity law.

The Commission stresses that opening an inquiry is not in itself a finding of wrongdoing. The purpose of an inquiry is to examine issues in detail and investigate and establish the facts.

After it is concluded, the Commission will publish a report on the issues and outcomes.

Pat Sweet |Reporter, Accountancy Daily [2010-2021]

Pat Sweet was the former online reporter at Accountancy Daily and contributor to the monthly Accountancy magazine, pub...

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