Charity Commission faces appeal over decision not to investigate church

Governance of Watford Apostolic Pentecostal Church of north London was subject of complaint to regulator

Church governance subject of complaint
Church governance subject of complaint

An appeal against the Charity Commission’s decision not to carry out a formal investigation into the Watford Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Tottenham, north London, has been lodged with the charity tribunal.

The commission dealt with a complaint about the charity’s governance as an assessment case, its first stage in dealing with complaints.

Sheila Douglas, a trustee of the charity and a bishop in the International Ministerial Council of Great Britain, a membership body for Pentecostal churches, said: "A complaint was made to the Charity Commission and it was found to be unsubstantiated."

She declined to provide details of the complaint and said she did not know about the appeal to the tribunal.

The appeal has been lodged with the tribunal by the Reverend Sophy Wahab. It is not clear whether she made the original complaint or whether she is linked to the charity. She was unavailable for comment.

A spokeswoman for the commission said in a statement: "Governance issues were raised with us, which we dealt with in an assessment case. We are aware that an application has been made to the tribunal and we are awaiting further confirmation from the tribunal in respect of this."

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