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.