The charity’s objectives include the “relief of poverty” and the “advancement of education and training for the public benefit”. The charity, which had previously been subject to a statutory inquiry, is again being investigated by the commission.
In August 2017, the commission wrote to the charity setting out that it wished to meet with the charity’s trustees following a review of the charity’s accounts which identified statements in its auditor’s report for year ending 31 March 2016 which indicated a financial risk to the charity.
Upon writing to the trustees to organise a meeting, the commission said that it soon became apparent that there was an ongoing internal dispute between competing parties claiming to be the charity’s trustees and, as a result, it was unclear whether the charity had any validly appointed trustees.
The commission advised the parties to the dispute that they were required to mediate or engage in dispute resolution with each other to address the substantive issues in the dispute.
However the competing parties have failed to do so satisfactorily and the commission is now concerned that the dispute is now impacting upon the day-to-day running of the charity and that there are indications of mismanagement by those in control of the charity.