The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry into the Christ Apostolic Church World Soul Winning and Evangelistic Ministry (registered charity number 1014992). The inquiry was opened on the 19 February 2015.
The charity has objects to advance the Christian religion and promote charitable work for the benefit of the poor.
The regulator is investigating concerns raised in connection with the repossession of the charity’s land and property in London and the subsequent litigation and associated costs incurred by the trustees. As a result of this, in September 2013 an operation compliance case was opened by the commission to investigate the regulatory concerns raised. This did not resolve the concerns so as a result of the evidence obtained the inquiry was subsequently opened.
The inquiry will examine:
- whether or not the former trustees/trustees of the charity have discharged/are discharging their duties and responsibilities as charity trustees
- if there has been mismanagement and/or misconduct on the part of those acting in the administration and management of the charity and to what extent
- if there has been misappropriation or misapplication of the charity’s funds
- the future governance of the charity given the potential inability of the current trustees to manage and administer the charity in accordance with its governing document
An inquiry is not in itself a finding of wrong doing. The purpose of an inquiry is to examine issues in detail and investigate and establish the facts so that the regulator can ascertain whether there has been misconduct and/or mismanagement; establish the extent, if any, of the risk to the charity’s property, beneficiaries or work; decide what action may need to be taken to resolve the serious concerns, and if necessary using its legal powers to do so.
It is the commission’s policy, after it has concluded an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries by the commission are available on GOV.UK.
The charity’s details can be viewed on the commission’s online charity search tool.
Notes to editors
The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales.
The commission’s mission is to be the independent registrar and regulator of charities in England and Wales, acting in the public’s interest, to ensure that:
* charities know what they have to do
* the public know what charities do
* charities are held to account
Section 46 of the Charities Act 2011 gives the commission the power to institute inquiries. The opening of an inquiry gives the commission access to a range of protective and remedial powers.
The commission’s decision to announce the opening of a statutory inquiry is based on whether it is in the public interest to do so and with consideration of our objective to increase public trust and confidence in charities.