Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations goes into liquidation

The umbrella body has failed to file accounts with the Charity Commission since 2009/10

Charity Commission
Charity Commission

The Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations, the umbrella body representing ethnic minority voluntary sector organisations, has gone into liquidation.

Cemvo registered with the commission in 1999 with the aim of providing a voice for ethnic minority voluntary sector organisations and their communities

But it has failed to file accounts with the commission since 2009/10, when it reported an income of £1.5m and an expenditure of almost £1.7m. Its website has been taken down.

Figures on the Charity Commission’s website say that it had 33 employees.

It lost out on funding worth £275,953 when the Office for Civil Society restructured its strategic partners programme in March 2011.

The commission said it had been informed by the charity that it was in the process of winding up. It said had not been removed from the commission’s register because neither Cemvo nor its liquidator had told the regulator if the charity had ceased to exist.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the commission said: "The commission has been informed by Cemvo that it was in the process of winding up and that it has appointed a liquidator.

"However, we require formal confirmation from either the charity or the liquidator that it has ceased to exist, including confirmation that any remaining charitable assets have been applied for charitable purposes, before we can remove it from the register."

The commission said it had contacted the liquidator this week for an update. 

Elizabeth Balgobin, chair of the black and minority ethnic voluntary sector advocate Voice4Change England, said she believed the charity had struggled after its funding, primarily from project funding, dried up.

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