Regulator investigates charity over lack of clarity

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into GTC over concerns about the governance and administration of the charity, which was set up to relieve poverty in the UK, mainly in Buckinghamshire, but may have been sending funding overseas for activities beyond its remit

The Commission says there appears to be only one trustee which means that conflicts of interest cannot be adequately managed. In addition the charity’s accounting and reporting submissions lack clarity.

The Commission has also flagged up regulatory concerns about the charity’s activities and whether it is applying its resources in furtherance of its charitable purposes.

Despite its declared objects, analysis of the charity’s accounts and annual reports indicate that the charity directs funding to Greece, Turkey, Syria and Pakistan for purposes outside of its remit.

The regulator says the inquiry will to examine the charity’s governance (including leadership), its management and its policies and practices.

This will include looking at the extent to which the trustee has complied with the charity’s governing document in respect of the appointment of a full trustee body; the charity’s accounting and reporting arrangements and the extent to which the trustee has complied with his duty to provide timely and accurate accounts to the Commission; and whether potential conflicts of interest have been adequately managed.

The inquiry will also consider whether charity funds have been misapplied.

Report by Pat Sweet

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