For many years the Stanground Community Centre failed to lodge accounts with the Charity Commission. Its all on the CC website. The registered charity took in substantial amounts of public money, year on year, which still to this day has to be accounted for.
Cllr Christopher Harper (CON Stanground East) and Cllrs Rush,Walsh and Cereste are also closely involved with this charity.
As the current Charity Commission inquiry rolls out, it is to be hoped that some effort will now be made by the councillors mentioned above to account for the missing years. Its not going to go away.
The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today named further charities which are part of its class inquiry into double defaulting charities, and announced the next phase of the inquiry.
In September 2013 the regulator first launched the class inquiry into charities that have failed to file annual reports, accounts and returns for two or more years. The inquiry concentrated on those charities with a last known income of over £500,000.
A second phase of the inquiry was launched in November 2013, extending it to those charities with a last known income of £250,000. Due to the number of charities involved, the commission staggered this phase, adding 21 charities to the inquiry between November 2013 and May 2014, and a further 29 charities to the inquiry between May and November 2014.
Those added in to the inquiry in November 2014 are announced today:
Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Charity Commission, said:
As we continue to target defaulting charities, the message to trustees is simple; submitting this annual information is your legal responsibility, even if you delegate it to charity staff or your accountants to do. We regularly remind charities throughout the year about their approaching deadlines, and have recently launched a tool which allows third parties to submit accounts, making the process easier for those involved - so there is no excuse.
The commission will continue to publish inquiry reports into these charities on GOV.UK.
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