Regulator opens statutory inquiry into Berkshire mosque charity

The Islamic Trust (Maidenhead) has repeatedly failed to submit its accounts on time, according to the Charity Commission

Maidenhead Mosque
Maidenhead Mosque

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity that runs a mosque in Maidenhead, Berkshire, after it repeatedly failed to submit its accounts on time.

The commission said that it had first investigated the Islamic Trust (Maidenhead) in 2016 during its class inquiry into charities that failed to submit their accounts for two or more financial years.

The charity was removed from the class inquiry after it provided the overdue accounts, and the commission said the charity provided assurances that future statutory returns would be filed on time.

But the regulator said today that it had opened a statutory inquiry after the charity failed to submit its accounts for the year to 31 March 2016. The accounts were due in February 2017 and are 93 days late as of today, according to the charity’s entre on the commission’s online register.

The regulator said that the trustees’ repeated failure to comply with their legal duties, especially in the wake of previous assurances, and "the continued evidence of mismanagement and misconduct in the administration of the charity" were why the statutory inquiry had begun.

According to the Charity Commission website, the charity’s accounts for the years to 31 March 2013, 2014 and 2015 were submitted between 119 and 593 days late.

The new inquiry will focus on the financial controls and management of the charity by the trustees and the trustees’ conduct.

It will also examine the charity’s administration, governance and management and whether the trustees have complied with their legal duties.

Saghir Ahmed, a trustee at the Islamic Trust (Maidenhead), told Third Sector that there had been a delay submitting the latest accounts and they would be sent to the commission next week.

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