Islamic Relief Worldwide reports record income for third year in a row

Islamic Relief Worldwide  has reported another record year as its income topped £130m for the first time. 

Income in 2019 rose 2.3 per cent to £131m, up from £128m in the previous year, latest accounts show.

The majority of its income came from voluntary donations, with income from IRW’s partners rising nearly £14m to £86.1m.

It is the third year in a row the disaster relief charity has reported a record income.

Expenditure dipped slightly to £113.2m, with most of that money spent on reducing the impact of conflict and natural disasters.

Profits at the charity's trading subsidiary, TIC International, almost doubled compared with the previous year to more than £217,000 in 

The number of staff at the charity rose to 469, while the highest paid employee fell below £100,000 to between £80,000 and £90,000 in 2019.

The IRW logged 38 cases of safeguarding in 2019, 25 of which were from employees raising concerns related to other IRW staff members.

Eight cases of harm were reported by beneficiaries relating to third parties, and four cases were related to beneficiaries' complaints against IRW staff.

Three IRW employees were dismissed in total.

The charity delivered more than 420 programmes in 31 countries that reached 9.5 million people, according to the accounts. 

Lamia El Amri, chair of the charity, said in her foreword to the accounts that the charity had overeen a major reform of its governance structure in 2019.

“The new governance model strengthens our transparency and accountability, and ensures we are ready to face the challenges of the future.”

IRW appointed a new board of trustees in August this year after it was revealed that two trustees had made anti-semetic posts on social media.

The former attorney general Dominic Grieve was later appointed to chair an independent commission into the vetting of trustees and senior executives at the charity.

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