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Misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of an Ipswich Charity
- AuthorJulia Seary
The Commission has issued a press release this morning highlighting trustee misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of an Ipswich Charity – ‘The Kurdish Islamic Cultural Centre’.
It was found that the trustees made unauthorised salary payments to one trustee even though the charity’s governing document prohibits the employment of trustees, provided an interest-free loan to two members of the local community which amounted to twice the size of the charity’s annual income and did not put in place a safeguarding policy despite the fact that the charity works with children. The trustees were also criticised for failing to take prompt action to address concerns identified by the Commission.
Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Commission said: “Our inquiry into the Ipswich Kurdish Islamic Cultural Centre found serious problems and basic failures. As our core guidance, the essential trustee explains trustees must comply with their charity’s governing document and the law, and must manage their charity’s resources responsibly. That hasn’t always happened at this charity, putting it at risk of not being able to carry out its charitable purposes.”
This is further evidence of the Commission taking a hard line in relation to trustees’ duties and responsibilities.