Regulator opens inquiry into charity that has failed to file accounts for five years

The All Nations Community Centre was previously part of the Charity Commission's class inquiry into charities that had persistently failed to file annual documents

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a Gloucestershire-based community centre that has failed to submit any accounts to the regulator since 2011.

The commission said today that it opened the inquiry into the All Nations Community Centre, which provides community activities and educational and social support, after the charity failed to provide accounting information for five financial years from the year ending 30 September 2011.

The charity was previously part of the commission’s class inquiry into charities that have failed to submit their accounts and returns for two or more financial years.

According to the Charity Commission website, the charity is 1,767 days overdue in filing accounts and/or its annual return for the year to the end of September 2011.

The only annual return or accounts submitted by the charity to the regulator in any of the past five financial years is its annual return for 2011/12, which was received on 18 May this year, 1,388 days late, the commission’s records show.

The commission’s website also shows few contact details for the charity and names none of its trustees.

A commission spokeswoman said the regulator was aware of the charity’s failure to keep its details on the register up to date, and was in correspondence with trustees about the issue as part of the inquiry.

According to the charity’s most recent accounts available on Companies House, for the year ending 30 September 2015, the charity made a loss for the year of £6,076 and had a turnover of £39,782.

The Companies House website shows the charity avoided being struck off the register in February this year and has one registered company officer.

The Charity Commission said in a statement that its statutory inquiry would consider whether the All Nations Community Centre was operating for the public benefit and whether the trustees had complied with their duties and responsibilities.

The inquiry would also focus on the general administration, governance and management of the charity by the trustees, specifically regarding the charity’s property, the regulator said. 

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