Michelle Russell names a further 17 'double-default' charities

The regulator's director of investigations adds the charities to the class inquiry into those that have failed to file annual reports, accounts or returns for two or more years

Michelle Russell
Michelle Russell

The Charity Commission has announced the names of a further 17 charities that have been added to its inquiry into charities that are more than two years late in filing their annual documents.

The commission announced today that the organisations had been added to its "class inquiry" into charities that had failed to file annual reports, accounts or returns for two or more years.

The latest charities include five that were added in November because of late filing, the commission said, although three of these have since been removed.

The regulator said that another 12 charities with last-recorded incomes of between £200,000 and £249,999 had been added to the inquiry, which had previously included only those charities with last-recorded incomes of £250,000 or more.

This move takes the total number of charities that have been included in the inquiry to 74. Forty-eight of these have since complied with their reporting requirements, so 26 remain part of the inquiry.

The five charities added in November were: Friends of Horim Establishments Tel Aviv and Arad (removed on 4 February); the Morris Feinmann Homes Trust; the Michael Batt Charitable Trust (removed on 23 December); the Gaunts House Charitable Foundation Ltd (removed on 23 December); and Marbitzei Torah.

The other 12 charities, which were added to the inquiry at the end of January, are: the Dominion Bible Church; the Shree Sorathia Prajapati Community UK; the A S Charitable Trust; the Barry Green Memorial Fund; Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurudwara (Sikh Temple); Truro Methodist Church; Orkney House Community Nursery; the Ezras Yisroel Trust; Schools for Hope; Shalom Employment Action Centre; the Redeemed Evangelical Mission; and the Qur’ani Murkuz Trust.

The commission said that its intervention had led to more than £48m of funds being accounted for.

Michelle Russell, director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement at the commission, said: "Our inquiry has already resulted in millions of charitable funds being publicly accounted for on the register of charities, and we will continue to crack down on defaulters, showing that we will not tolerate charities that demonstrate contempt for the public and their donors by failing to meet reporting requirements."

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