Commission could freeze bank accounts after charity failed to file accounts for three years

The National Black Police Association, a charity that aims to improve the working environment of black police officers, could face having its bank accounts frozen by the Charity Commission for failing to file accounting information since 2004.

The association has already had some of its Home Office grants – understood to total £80,000 – frozen due to concerns about financial governance at the charity.

In the latest setback for the organisation, the Charity Commission wrote a letter to trustees on the 30 April giving the charity ten working days to explain “why the outstanding returns and accounts had not been submitted, what steps were being taken and when the outstanding documents would be submitted”.

A spokesman for the charity commission declined to speculate what further action would be taken if the charity failed to meet the deadline to supply information, but he added that the commission had powers to “move to a formal enquiry, remove trustees, or freeze accounts” if charities did not comply with regulations governing the filing of accounts.

Keith Jarrett, president of the charity, said it had failed to file accounts with the commission because the Home Office, the organisation’s principal funder, had been carrying out an audit of the charity in order to improve its “financial governance”.

The charity’s activities include running mentoring schemes and diversity training courses.

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