Trustee's husband had access to charity account

A church has been reprimanded by the Charity Commission after allowing the husband of one of its trustees to access its bank accounts.

The commission received complaints in 2006 that, for more than a year, the trustee and her husband were in sole control of the accounts of Newham Foursquare Church in Plaistow, east London.

After an inquiry, the commission told trustees that they must pay more attention to proper financial and administrative record keeping. The trustee’s husband has been removed as a signatory of all bank accounts.

The commission also said it was worried that the majority of the church’s trustees were related to each other. However, the church has now appointed a number of independent trustees.

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