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Charity Commission to name charities under statutory inquiry

Charity Commission to name charities under statutory inquiry

In the past, the Charity Commission only announced publicly that it had opened a statutory inquiry into a charity where there were specific public interest arguments for doing so. However, going forward, the Commission will announce all statutory inquiries unless there are clear reasons not to do so. Such reasons could include a joint investigation with the police that the police have asked remains confidential, a situation in which going public might prejudice the inquiry, or security reasons.

As a result of the Commission’s new policy, the Commission has named 13 charities which are currently the subject of previously unannounced statutory inquiries. In addition the new, improved online register of charities will flag up those charities under investigation. Michelle Russell, head of investigations and enforcement at the Commission, said the Commission had opened 64 statutory inquiries in 2013/14, compared with 15 in the previous year, but cautioned the public not to jump to conclusions as “opening an inquiry is not in itself a finding of wrongdoing”.For more information or to discuss your requirements contact one of our charity solicitors today on 01895 207809 or email charities@ibblaw.co.uk.