Insight / Investigation into animal charity’s financial controls

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Capricorn Animal Rescue and Sanctuary amid concerns over inadequate financial controls and a failure to account for assets at the charity, which has also attracted criticism from animal welfare groups

Insight / Commission investigates faith charity over trust finance

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into the Suyuti Institute over concerns that the trustees may have failed to address the financial risks involved in taking over a private trust

Insight / BREAKING: Brexit strategy published in White Paper

The government has today published its plan for leaving the European Union in the form of a White Paper, after MPs backed the European Union Bill by 498 votes to 114 on 1 February

Insight / Charity closed after trustee’s criminal conviction

The Charity Commission has removed the charity Urban Relief from its register, after opening an inquiry following the conviction of one of its trustees for a number of offences, including managing a brothel, concealing criminal property and using the charity’s bank account to launder funds from the proceeds of crime

Tax / Rules on Gift Aid for multiple donations from single donors updated

HMRC has published guidance on a new measure which allows intermediaries that collect donations for charities to get authority from a donor to gift aid all their donations in a year, designed to make the process simpler for donors using digital platforms or text messages to give to multiple charities under a single declaration

Insight / Charity Commission investigates Support the Heroes over fundraising

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Support the Heroes charity and appointed an insolvency expert from accountancy firm HW Fisher & Company as interim manager to run the military charity, following complaints about its fundraising activities

Insight / Charity investigated over five years’ missing annual returns

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Beth Yosef Foundation, over what it calls ‘serious regulatory concerns’ relating to the administration and financial management of the charity by the trustees

Insight / Christian charity trustees censured over accounting failures

A Charity Commission inquiry into Apostolic Faith Mission International Ministries UK has censured the charity’s trustees for repeatedly failing to file its accounts and has concluded they were responsible for mismanagement and misconduct

Insight / Charity Commission criticises charity’s lack of control over Syria funding

A Charity Commission inquiry into Masoom, a charity which operated in areas including Syria and Pakistan, has found evidence of poor financial management and governance and misconduct by trustees in relation to sending funds overseas

Insight / Charity Commission tightens regulatory approach

The Charity Commission is to focus on promoting compliance by charity trustees with their legal obligations and enhancing the rigour with which it holds charities accountable in its new regulatory approach, released today

Insight / Inquiry finds poor financial controls and no activity at charity

A Charity Commission inquiry into REDAID, which was set up to provide relief for the victims of natural disasters worldwide, has found that charity failed to carry out its declared aims and had poor financial controls, with irregularities identified in the way that it operated its bank account

Insight / Founder misappropriated £420K from dog rescue charity

The founder of a charity dedicated to rescuing abandoned or mistreated dogs misappropriated two legacy donations totalling more than £420,000 by paying the monies into a private bank account, according to an inquiry by the Charity Commission 

Insight / Charity Commission to review annual return

The Charity Commission has launched a consultation as part of its two-year project to change and review what information is collected from charities as part of the annual return, so that only information required for regulatory purposes is gathered

Insight / Charity Commission raises concerns over poor governance

The Charity Commission says poor governance lay behind the majority of cases it identified for compliance and investigatory work in 2016, including high profile cases regarding fundraising and financial abuse, and says the role of the board of charity trustees is not an ‘optional extra’ in a charity but an essential precondition for good management

Insight / Charity Commission slams Birmingham charity for £1m undeclared income

A Charity Commission inquiry has found that a charity set up as a supplier of vocational training was mismanaged by its trustees, with close to £1m of income and over £700,000 of expenditure not declared in its accounts