Second inquiry into London charity’s management

The Charity Commission has announced a second statutory inquiry into Human Aid UK over concerns about mismanagement and/or misconduct at the charity, which was investigated before over its fundraising practices

The charity, which is based in London but has aims to supply aid overseas to countries including Turkey and Syria, was previously under inquiry in 2014 due to concerns regarding its governance and finances.

The subsequent Charity Commission report drew attention to concerns about fundraising methods, including the use of buckets to collect funds from street collections.

The charity has now reported a serious incident to the regulator, after charitable funds were seized by the police during a port stop from individuals carrying cash on behalf of the charity in July this year.

The Charity Commission has previously flagged up cash couriering as a live risk in the wider charity sector and of regulatory interest. 

The Commission has now opened a statutory inquiry into Human Aid UK. As a temporary and protective measure, the inquiry has exercised its power to restrict the trustees from certain cash transactions in order to protect the charity’s property.

The inquiry is examining the trustees’ management and administration of the charity, including their compliance with both charity law and the law as it relates to the charity and its administration.

It will also consider the charity’s governance, adherence to policies and procedures, use of partners 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.

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