Charity Commission contacts charity after employment tribunal appearance

Manor Residents Association was fined nearly £9,000 in April for failing to pay the minimum wage to a cleaner, giving the regulator cause for concern

Manor Residents Association
Manor Residents Association

The Charity Commission has written to the trustees of a local residents charity after an employment tribunal case raised issues that were a "cause for regulatory concern".

The Manor Residents Association, which provides courses, advice and children’s services in Hartlepool, was ordered in April to pay more than £8,800 to Linda Gooding, its former cleaner, by an employment tribunal at Teesside Magistrates Court in Middlesbrough.

The tribunal ruled that the charity had failed to pay Gooding the minimum wage and repeatedly did not pay her on time. The charity subsequently appealed against the decision.

A spokeswoman for the commission said it had received a complaint alerting it to the employment tribunal. She said that issues identified during the tribunal were a cause for regulatory concern because they could point to wider governance problems at the charity.

"We have written to the trustees and are currently considering their response to help us establish what role, if any, there might be for us," she said.

Angela Wilcox, manager of the Manor Residents Association, said the charity had responded to the commission’s concerns about the employment tribunal two weeks ago and was willing to work with the regulator if it had any further concerns.

She said the employment tribunal judge agreed last week to review the ruling that ordered the charity to pay Gooding. No date has yet been set for the appeal hearing.

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