Charity tribunal appeal delayed while regulator reviews earlier decision

The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation appealed after the Charity Commission decided not to re-register a reading room in Maryport, Cumbria

Ellenborough and Netherton Reading and Recreation Room in Maryport, Cumbria
Ellenborough and Netherton Reading and Recreation Room in Maryport, Cumbria

A social care charity for coal miners has had its appeal to the charity tribunal delayed so that the Charity Commission can review its decision to not re-register a former charitable building.

The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation appealed to the tribunal after the commission decided not to re-register the Ellenborough and Netherton Reading and Recreation Room in Maryport, Cumbria.

The building had been a charitable trust since 1908 and had been deregistered by the commission in the mid-1990s.

The tribunal has this month granted the CISWO a stay of its appeal until 25 July, after it was agreed that the commission would conduct an internal review of the case.

Vernon Jones, chief executive of the CISWO, said the building’s charitable status should be reinstated so that any income made from renting the building to its current occupier, a social welfare centre, could be used for charitable purposes.

A spokeswoman for the commission said the building had not been re-registered because there was not "sufficient evidence that the organisation was charitable by virtue of the provisions of the Charitable Trusts (Validation) Act 1954".

She said that during the stay it would consider further information submitted by the CISWO as part of an internal review. "The CISWO has requested that the commission review its decision not to reinstate or re-register Ellenborough and Netherton Reading and Recreation Room," she said.

"The CISWO has recently supplied additional evidence regarding validation, which the commission will consider during the internal review of the decision."

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