Jewish charity appeals regulator's decision to open statutory inquiry

The Charity Commission has started an investigation of Regentford Ltd, which has not filed accounts with it for at least five years

An orthodox Jewish charity has appealed to the charity tribunal against the Charity Commission's decision to open a statutory inquiry into it because of concerns about its financial management.

Regentford Ltd, which registered with the commission in 1991, has not filed accounts with it since at least 2007, according to its page on the regulator’s website.

Its objects are listed on the commission’s website as the advancement of religion in accordance with the orthodox Jewish faith, the relief of poverty and "other such purposes as are recognised by English law as charitable".

A commission spokeswoman said it had opened the inquiry "to investigate concerns about the financial management and governance of the charity."

She confirmed that the charity had appealed against that decision but said she was unable to comment further because the case was ongoing.

In 2010, Regentford Ltd was fined £250,000 by the Health and Safety Executive, the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.

Regentford Ltd had been convicted of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act after an employee, who was repointing brickwork on a building in Croydon, south London, fell from scaffolding and died in 2005.

By using footage from a BBC television crew shooting a documentary, the HSE was able to establish that the scaffolding the man had been working on was unsafe.

Anthony Markovic, who is listed on the commission’s website as a trustee of the charity Regentford, was the director of Regentford Ltd until June 2012.

Third Sector was unable to contact anybody at the charity for comment.

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