The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that supports education in Bangladesh to investigate whether the charity is operating outside of its objects.
The Aid and Peace Trust, which is based in London and registered with the commission in January 2011, has the object of advancing education in Bangladesh for disadvantaged young people. It had income of £48,661 and spent £42,918 in the year to 30 November 2012. Its accounts say that £33,095 of this money was transferred to Bangladesh in grants.
Concerns over the charity were raised with the commission in May 2013 and the regulator met twice with the trustees. According to a statement from the commission, the trustees delayed in responding to inquiries, "failed to provide all the necessary information and did not adequately account for the majority of the charity's expenditure".
The inquiry will examine concerns that the charity might be operating outside the areas identified in its objects, and look at trustee decision-making, whether the trustees have taken steps to address concerns raised by the commission in relation to its finances and the charity’s day-to-day operations.
The commission opened its inquiry on 19 May. The regulator said that a full report on the findings would be published when the investigation was closed.
Nobody from the charity had responded to phone calls and an email from Third Sector before publication of this story.