Four failed charities agree to improve public benefit

Schools and care homes are given nine months to draw up plans

The four charities that were found not to be meeting the public benefit requirement in the Charity Commission's assessment exercise in July have all agreed to work on a plan to address their failings.

Of the 12 fee-charging and religious charities assessed by the commission, two schools and two care homes were deemed not to meet the requirement.

They were given until last week to write to the regulator to confirm their willingness to draw up a plan. They now have a further nine months to do so and up to five years to implement it

One of the four charities, the Rest Convalescent Hotel in south Wales, was deemed to be acting outside its objects. Chris Williamson, general manager of the home, said its trustees had agreed to make some adjustments to its objects after what he described as a "beneficial" initial meeting with the commission.

He told Third Sector he was confident the charity would be able to comply despite dwindling guest numbers following the decline of heavy industry in south Wales. "We have steadied a bit this year despite the credit crunch," he said. "On that basis, we can move forward."

Paul Evans, director of Penylan House Jewish Retirement and Nursing Home, was also confident the home would be able to come up with an acceptable plan in consultation with the commission.

A spokeswoman for Highfield Priory school said its trustees had decided to keep its response private. The St Anselm's School Trust declined to comment.



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