Regulator examines concerns about multi-million pound homelessness charity

The Scottish charity regulator is examining concerns raised about the multi-million-pound homelessness charity The Social Bite Fund.

The regulator confirmed it was looking into allegations about the charity, some of which were published today in The Times newspaper (£).

The charity’s most recent accounts, for the year to May 2021, show that four of its trustees quit on the same day last year, with a fifth resigning 10 days later. 

The accounts say that the trustees who left “did so in the knowledge that the charity was in a strong financial position”.

The Social Bite Fund raised £5.1m to address homelessness in 2020/21, its accounts show, down from £6.7m the year before, partly as a result of Covid-19. 

Its income has more than halved since 2018, when it raised £12.1m.
The Social Bite Fund is backed by a network of charity cafes, which operate as social enterprises to provide free food to people in need and offer jobs to people who used to be homeless.

A statement from the OSCR said: “We have received concerns about this charity, which are currently being examined in the usual way according to our published policies.”

Andrew Cubie, the chair of trustees at The Social Bite Fund, told The Times: “We can confirm that we are in communication with OSCR relating to concerns it has received. In line with OSCR’s policy we are unable to provide any further information at this time.

“Under my chairmanship, Social Bite adheres to the highest levels of governance. In spite of the global pandemic, the charity has gone from strength to strength. 

“As an organisation we remain focused on delivering vital projects to the highest standards, so we can ultimately achieve our aim of helping the most vulnerable people in society and ending homelessness.”

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