The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into The Islamic Educational Society of Blackburn over concerns about the charity’s repeated failure to file statutory accounting information on time
The charity’s object is to advance education in the Islamic community of Blackburn, and it has reported an annual income of around £150,000 for the last five years. In February 2017 it was included in a class inquiry which the Commission opened to examine charities that had repeatedly defaulted on their accounting obligations.
The charity submitted the outstanding documents to the Commission in May 2017 and, as a result, ceased to be a part of the class inquiry. However, despite receiving regulatory advice and being reminded to meet their legal duties, the trustees again failed to file the statutory accounting information on time for the financial year ending 31 December 2016.
As a result of the further failure of the trustees to fulfill their legal reporting obligations the Commission has now opened a new inquiry.
In addition to obtaining the overdue accounting information the inquiry will seek to ensure that the trustees comply with their legal duties to file future account submissions within the statutory deadlines and examine broader aspects of the charity’s administration and management to ensure it is being properly managed by the trustees.
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.
Report by Pat Sweet