The Charity Commission responds to recent press coverage.
Earlier this year we engaged with the charity on this matter and made clear that the posting of the video on the charity’s website was wholly inappropriate, and unacceptable for a trustee to do so. We raised concerns about whether the trustees had complied with their duties and brought the charity and its reputation into disrepute. We took immediate regulatory action in terms of requiring a number of steps to be taken regarding its Facebook account and we have an ongoing monitoring operation to check compliance with this. Failure to comply with these steps could lead the commission to take further action.
Our powers to remove trustees from charities are currently limited. This is why we have asked for new powers - which are currently before Parliament in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill. The Bill will, for example, enable us to act where personal conduct affects fitness to be a trustee and it is in the public interest for us to act.
Our regulatory engagement with the charity continues.
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Published: 10 November 2015
From: The Charity Commission