Wellbeing charity ordered to pay more than £57,000 in redundancy and wage deductions

A wellbeing charity has been ordered to pay out more than £57,000 in owed redundancy and unauthorised deductions from wages payments to a dozen former staff members.

East London Employment Tribunal documents show that the Laindon Community Association paid out for 12 separate claims made against the charity for unauthorised deductions from wages in respect of holiday and notice pay, and for money owed in redundancy pay.

But the tribunal documents do not reveal any further details in each of the 12 cases.

The Laindon Community Association provided health, fitness and sporting activities for the wellbeing of its members, using a local hall that it also hired out for functions such as discos and for use by community groups.

The charity’s last reported income, up to 31 March 2019, was £212,000 and its total spending was £228,000.

The charity also operated the Laindon Community Trading Company Ltd, which ran the bar services at the community association.

In some cases payments were made to individuals from both the charity and the trading company.

The biggest payment, of £17,320, was made to Mrs J Letch.

The Charity Commission confirmed that the charity was removed from the register on 3 February 2021 because it ceased to exist.

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