In November 2013 the commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity, after raising various regulatory concerns about its management and administration, including that its assets may be at serious and significant risk of harm.
After the inquiry had been launched, in 2015, MP James Heappey said the silence from Afghan Heroes was “rather deafening”. The charity was established in 2009 by Denise Harris, to help former army personnel who had served in Afghanistan, after her 26-year-old son was killed in an explosion in the same year.
Section 84B of the Charities Act 2011 gives the regulator the power to issue an order to direct a charity to be wound up. The regulator can do so if it is satisfied that a charity does not operate, or its purposes can be promoted more effectively if it ceases to operate; and exercising the power is expedient in the public interest.
As required in law, the commission is now inviting representations, which must be made within 30 days.