Regulator to probe Sheffield recycling charity over accounts

Sheffield Reclamation was taken out of the Charity Commission's double defaulters inquiry last May, but has since missed the accounts-submitting deadline for 2014

Reclaim Sheffield
Reclaim Sheffield

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a charity called Sheffield Reclamation for repeatedly failing to submit its annual accounts to the regulator.

The recycling charity, which provides work and training opportunities for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems, was part of the commission’s "double defaulters" class inquiry last year, which investigated charities that had failed to submit their accounts on two or more occasions.

Yorkshire-based Sheffield Reclamation, which is also known as Reclaim, had failed to provide reasons for being overdue with documents covering five years.

The charity was removed from the inquiry last May after submitting the outstanding accounts for the years ending in March 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. But the commission decided to take action after the the charity failed to submit its accounts for the year ending March 2014 by the filing deadline of the end of January.

The commission has instructed the trustees of the charity to prepare and submit the missing information by 22 April, with an explanation for the repeated default, so that it can consider these before deciding on any further enforcement action.

In its report from the previous inquiry into Sheffield Reclamation last year, the commission noted that there was "mismanagement and misconduct in the administration of the charity" and that the trustees had breached their legal duty by not filing accounts with the commission. They had, however, filed their accounts with Companies House, the report said.

Sheffield Reclamation had an income of about £500,000 for each of the years from 2010 to 2013.

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