Regulator investigates charity’s cash collections

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Human Care Hands Foundation UK, due to serious concerns over the financial management and governance at the London-based charity

Following an examination of the charity’s books and records, the regulator has identified several issues, including the late filing of the charity’s annual accounts and returns, a number of irregularities in the submitted accounts, inadequate financial controls and the couriering of cash overseas with insufficient controls.

Human Care Hands Foundation UK is a humanitarian charity with objects to relieve poverty and advance education throughout the world. Its main source of income is cash collections raised through a large number of static collection tins.

However, the trustees are unable to account for all of the charity’s tins or the resulting income. The inquiry has exercised its power to restrict the trustees from certain cash transactions in order to protect the charity’s property.

The Commission will now look at the trustees’ compliance with both charity law and the law as it relates to the charity and its administration, and the charity’s governance and financial controls including handling of cash, filing of accounts and monitoring and verification of overseas expenditure.

It is the Commission’s policy, after it has concluded an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were.

By Pat Sweet

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