Police investigate possible financial irregularities at Glasgow charity

The People's Development Trust, set up to safeguard the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, funs a community hub in east Glasgow

Police called in
Police called in

Police in Scotland are investigating a charity set up to safeguard the legacy of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games.

Police confirmed they had received information about the People’s Development Trust, which runs a community hub in east Glasgow and has had an overall income of £4.8m since its inception in 2013.

According to the Sunday Herald newspaper, the charity itself alerted police to financial irregularities in transactions in the charity’s chequebook amounting to £10,000.

The charity receives funding from the Scottish government, Glasgow City Council, the Big Lottery Fund and the Clyde Gateway regeneration programme. It opened its hub, which offers childcare, healthcare and employment support, last year.

The financial issues came to light when a number of board members quit last year, one of whom alerted the BLF to the departures, prompting the lottery body to send in the external auditor Mazars to ensure its £1.3m grant was being used in line with the charity’s objects,

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said investigations into the charity were continuing.

A Big Lottery Fund spokeswoman said it had "remained in close contact" with the trust since ordering the audit and had been informed about police involvement.

She said: "In the meantime, Mazars’ work is continuing and we are unable to provide an update until it is concluded."

A spokeswoman from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator said: "We are aware of the issues relating to the People’s Development Trust and it would not be appropriate to comment any further."

No one from the charity was available to comment.

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