Charity must tighten financial controls, says watchdog

Ucare Foundation must register in Scotland but is cleared of political bias

The Charity Commission has told a charity that supports healthcare in Pakistan that it must tighten its financial controls and register in Scotland.

The commission carried out an investigation into the Ucare Foundation after receiving complaints that it had not submitted accounts and had shown support for the Labour Party, in particular by inviting Labour politicians to speak at fundraising events.

The commission found that political speakers had taken part in charity events, but they had done so in a personal capacity and politicians from other parties had also been invited.

However, it also found that the charity had not submitted accounts for three years, although they had been filed on time with Companies House, and was not registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, despite being based in Scotland and doing most of its fundraising in Glasgow. Its accounts did not comply with the Statement of Recommended Practice, which governs charity accounting.

The commission said it had also identified weaknesses in the charity's governance and had provided regulatory advice.

A spokesman for Ucare said the charity was delighted that the commission had found it was not party political, and said it would follow the report's recommendations.


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