Statements on live cases: Charity Commission

Statements about the opening of an inquiry or a regulatory case into a charity.

In the public interest, the Charity Commission usually releases a public statement whenever it opens a statutory inquiry into a charity. It then links to this statement from the charity’s entry on the public register of charities.

The Commission won’t release a statement if it considers that this would not be in the public interest. It may also decide not to release a statement if it would:

  • be detrimental to a particular individual or group of individuals, for example a risk to someone’s personal safety
  • contravene or prejudice requirements for confidentiality or commercial sensitivity, or risk National Security
  • cause severe prejudice to the charity and/or its beneficiaries
  • contravene the Commission’s duty to use its resources in the most efficient, effective and economic way

The Commission may also release a public statement about its non-inquiry work where:

  • there is significant public interest in the issues involved and the outcome
  • the commission needs to respond publicly to issues raised
  • other charities can learn lessons from the case

The Commission may delay release of a statement to:

  • avoid prejudicing the work of a law enforcement agency or other regulator
  • give trustees opportunity to complete certain actions within a specified timeframe
  • avoid prejudicing ongoing or pending legal proceedings

Statements on live cases are available on GOV.UK for up to 3 years after they are first published. Statements are then archived and can be accessed on the National Archives website.

Statements released in 2020

Statements released in 2019

Statements released in 2018

Statements released in 2017

Statements released in 2016

Statements released in 2015

Statements released in 2014

Published 10 May 2013