Regulator begins inquiry into persisent late-filing charity

The Charity Commission is looking into the Jewish welfare charity the Chesed Leyisruel Trust, which has filed its accounts late for the past five years

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The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity based in Greater Manchester for persistently filing its accounts late.

The Chesed Leyisruel Trust, which helps poor Jewish people in Manchester, Gateshead and London, failed to send its accounts for the financial year ending 31 March 2016 by the deadline despite frequent reminders, the regulator said.

The commission had in January only just concluded a previous inquiry into the trust for late filing of accounts.

The commission said in a statement: "The trustees’ continuing non-compliance in failing to submit accounting information so soon after exiting the commission’s class inquiry, which covered the same issue, is of serious regulatory concern and warrants investigation."

According to the regulator’s online register of charities, this year's accounts were received 150 days late on 30 June.

The 2015 accounts were received 366 days late; the 2014 accounts were 495 days late; the 2013 accounts were 192 days late; and the 2012 accounts were 131 days late.

The charity, which according to the register has no paid staff and three volunteers, has more than doubled its income since 2011/12 to just over £1m in 2014/15.

The inquiry will examine the extent to which trustees are complying with their legal duties, particularly their filing of accounts and other information or returns.

The commission statement said it would also "seek to ensure that the trustees comply with their legal duties to file future account submissions within the statutory deadlines".

Eli Goldberg, a trustee of the charity, said the charity had filed its latest accounts but did not wish to comment further.

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