Regulator to probe attention deficit disorder charity over accounts default

The Dorset Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Support Group was removed from a class inquiry into defaulters, but then failed to submit its most recent accounts

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into a Dorset-based attention deficit disorder charity that has repeatedly failed to submit its accounts on time.

The inquiry, which was opened on 13 August but announced by the regulator today, comes after the inclusion of the Dorset Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Support Group in a class inquiry into charities that had defaulted on their annual reporting obligations twice or more in the previous five years.

The charity was removed from the class inquiry earlier this year after submitting the required documentation, but then failed to submit the most recent accounts, leading to the opening of the statutory inquiry.

According to the Charity Commission website, the charity has failed to submit its accounts for the year to 30 July 2017, and they are now 121 days overdue.

Other accounts over the previous four years, covering 2013 to 2016, have been submitted 930, 853, 487 and 197 days late.

The most recently submitted accounts for the year to 30 July 2016 show the charity had an income of £174,292 and spent £160,788.

The Charity Commission said today that the charity’s failure to submit its most recent accounts was a serious regulatory concern and evidence of misconduct and mismanagement in the charity’s administration.

It said the inquiry would focus on whether the trustees were complying with their legal duties and specifically their oversight of the charity’s affairs and the financial controls in place.

The Dorset Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Support Group did not respond to a request from Third Sector for comment before the publication of this story.

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