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

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into an educational charity that has failed to file its accounts for any of its past five financial years. 

The regulator said it had concerns about the management of the Birmingham Education Trust, which runs a school for Muslim girls. 

The commission said it was also concerned that the charity appeared to be in breach of its governing document because it only had two trustees who were husband and wife. 

This gave rise to potential unmanaged conflicts of interest the regulator said. 

The commission opened a compliance case into the trust in March last year because the charity had repeatedly failed to file its accounts and annual returns. 

This identified wider concerns about the running of the charity and although the regulator said it had given trustees an action plan to remedy those issues the trustees had failed to demonstrate progress. 

The commission said the compliance case was last month escalated to a statutory inquiry, which will examine issues including whether the charity has been operating for exclusively charitable purposes and whether its funds have been properly spent and can be accounted for. 

The charity’s entry on the commission’s online register shows it has failed to file accounts for each of the past five financial years and its documents for the year to the end of August 2015 are more than 1,500 days late. 

The trust was registered with the commission in 1997.

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