The Charity Commission will change the way it handles allegations of wrongdoing so that investigations in which it does not use its statutory powers are no longer called ‘regulatory compliance cases’.
The commission uses the term for cases in which it investigates allegations about charities without using its statutory powers, which include the power to freeze a charity’s assets and to suspend trustees.
The commission will continue to carry out investigations in which it does not use these powers.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the commission said statutory inquiries – which are set up in cases where the commission decides there is a serious risk – will in future be carried out by a new specialist team called the Investigations and Enforcement Division. She said non-statutory inquiries would be carried out by the regulator’s operational teams.
The changes will come into effect later this year.
The spokeswoman also said the commission did not intend to publish the details of all its non-statutory investigations. She said it carried out 156 such cases last year. It would not be "an effective use of our limited resources or in the public interest" to publish reports on all of these, she said.