Charity Commission announces new inquiry into Jewish charity over late filing of accounts

Chevras Machzikei Mesifta had been part of the regulator's class inquiry into 'double-default' charities

The Chevras Machzikei Mesifta accounts on the Charity Commission website
The Chevras Machzikei Mesifta accounts on the Charity Commission website

The Charity Commission has announced another statutory inquiry into a charity that has repeatedly failed to file its accounts on time.

The regulator said today that it had opened an inquiry into Chevras Machzikei Mesifta, which has the object of advancing orthodox Jewish religious education and had an income of £744,982 in the year to the end of March 2013.

The charity had been part of the regulator’s class inquiry, which began in September 2013, into charities that had failed to file accounts for at least two years.

The charity was released from this inquiry in June last year after filing its overdue documents, but it again failed to file its accounts and annual return for 2013/14, which were due by the end of January, prompting the regulator to open its latest inquiry.

The commission said that an examination of the charity’s 2012/13 accounts had revealed "significant regulatory concerns, including that the charity appears to have a policy of not retaining any reserves".

The regulator said that the scope of the inquiry would be to compel the charity to file its overdue documents and "consider taking appropriate remedial action against the trustees for persistent breach of their duties".

The inquiry was opened on 19 February but the announcement had been delayed until today, the commission said, because it had decided not to announce the opening of inquiries during the pre-election period, which began on 30 March.

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