The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Jalalabad Association to look into concerns over potential mismanagement in the administration of the charity.
The charity, whose objects include the advancement of the religion of Islam throughout the Hereford and Worcester area, was previously included in a class statutory inquiry after failing to fulfil its statutory duty to submit its necessary financial information to the commission for five consecutive years.
As part of the class inquiry the commission made an order under section 84 of the Charities Act urging the trustees to provide, within a specified time frame, the outstanding information and to undertake a review, implementing changes to the charity’s procedures and practices around the preparation and submission of financial information.
The trustees failed to comply but eventually submitted a set of accounts and a trustees’ report for the financial year ending 31 March 2013 – 1,735 days late. The trustees continue to be in default of their statutory duty to file annual returns and accounts with the commission, with information for the years 2012 and 2014 – 2017 still outstanding.
As a result of the trustees’ continued non-compliance, the commission opened a separate statutory inquiry into the charity on 12 December 2018 to examine the extent to which the trustees are complying with their legal duties; the charity’s financial management, its compliance with legal obligations to file its accounts. It will also look into the extent to which a properly appointed board of trustees is exercising proper oversight over the charity’s affairs and whether the trustees have complied with previously issued regulatory guidance under section 84 of the Charities Act.
The commission will publish a report once the inquiry is concluded to detail the outcomes and the actions taken.