Former Broken Rainbow chief banned from being a company director

Jo Harvey-Barringer has been banned for three and a half years by the Insolvency Service after admitting failing to make payments to HMRC from the LGBT charity

The former chief executive of the defunct charity Broken Rainbow has been banned from being a company director for three and a half years.

The Insolvency Service said Jo Harvey-Barringer had signed an undertaking to be disqualified after she admitted "failing to make payments to HM Revenue & Customs while continuing to make payments to herself and other creditors".

The charity, which provided a telephone helpline to members of the LGBT community who had experienced domestic violence, went into liquidation in July 2016.

The Insolvency Service said payments due to HMRC on the charity’s PAYE debt had not been kept up.

It said Harvey-Barringer, 49, of Hove, Sussex, had received payments totalling £143,671 from the charity between December 2014 and May 2016, but only £3,490 of PAYE payments were made to HMRC on those earnings.

Last year, a National Audit Office report on the funding and governance of the charity, which received £1.4m of Home Office funding between 2004 and 2016, concluded that the charity had "chaotic" leadership and was living "hand to mouth" for more than a year before its demise.

Anthea Simpson, chief investigator, investigation and enforcement services at the Insolvency Service, said the ban should serve as a warning to other directors, particularly those in the voluntary sector, that they have a duty to ensure they meet their legal obligations, including paying taxes.

"Deliberate neglect of tax affairs while paying others is not a victimless action because it deprives the taxpayer of the funds needed to operate public services," she said. "If they put their own needs before them they could be investigated by the Insolvency Service and lose the privilege of limited liability trading."

Harvey-Barringer’s ban came into effect on 27 June and means she cannot be directly involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited-liability partnership without court permission for the next three and a half years.

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