Regulator opens statutory inquiry into Bfon Trust

The Jewish charity was part of last year's class inquiry into charities that repeatedly failed to file accounts - the Bfon Trust filed its overdue documents, but is now late with accounts that were due in January

Regulator opens statutory inquiry
Regulator opens statutory inquiry

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that has repeatedly failed to submit its accounts on time.

The Bfon Trust, which has the object of relieving poverty, sickness and infirmity among Jewish people and had an income of £821,988 in the year to the end of March 2014, was previously part of the regulator’s class inquiry into a group of charities that had repeatedly failed to file their accounts, which began last September 2013.

The charity, which was placed into this inquiry in May 2014, was released from it in August last year after it filed its outstanding documents.

But the regulator said today that it had opened a fresh inquiry into the charity after it failed to file its latest accounts and annual return, which were due on 31 January.

In a statement, the commission said it had opened the inquiry on 19 February but the announcement of the move had been delayed because it had decided not to announce any new inquiries during the pre-election period, which began on 30 March.

The commission said the inquiry would seek to resolve the defaults and would "also consider taking appropriate remedial action against the trustees for persistent breach of their duties".

The charity did not respond to telephone calls or emails from Third Sector.

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