Grant-maker decides to close after receiving warning for failing to file accounts

A grant-maker that received an official warning from the Charity Commission is closing down.

A spokesperson for the Macbeth Memorial Trust told Third Sector that the charity was going to shut, on the same day that the regulator accused trustees of showing “a blatant disregard for their legal duties and responsibilities”.

The spokesperson said trustees made the decision because they had not had enough time to dedicate to the charity, which was registered in 2016.

The regulator issued the warning because the trust had not published any annual accounts for three years and had “demonstrated a clear unwillingness to cooperate and comply with the filing regulations”, the commission said in a statement.

The one year of accounts that are available on the commission’s website, which cover the year to the end of December 2017, consist of a single page.

It says trustees gave £50,000 to the trust and it made grants worth £21,600 to six charities. The only charity named is the Salvation Army.

Tracy Howarth, assistant director of casework at the Charity Commission, said: “The trustees of the Macbeth Memorial Trust have shown a blatant disregard for their legal duties and responsibilities.

“It is vital that charities are transparent about their activities and spending. Submitting annual reports to us is a crucial tool for holding charities to account.”

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