The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry into Jewish Seminary for Girls registered charity number 526143. The inquiry was opened on 13 May 2016.
The charity has objects to promote the Jewish faith amongst Jewish girls and women between the ages of 15 and 25 by providing religious education for such persons in accordance with traditional Judaism, and to provide instruction to enable students to enter a trade or profession.
The charity was previously part of the commission’s ‘Double Defaulter’ class inquiry into charities in default of their statutory obligations to meet reporting requirements as it failed to submit annual accounts for the financial years ending 31 July 2013 and 31 July 2014 by the due dates. On 25 November 2015 the charity submitted information to that inquiry and the commission published a report of findings on 3 March 2016 and the charity ceased to be part of the inquiry.
The commission’s subsequent scrutiny of the accounts and other information obtained by that inquiry raises serious concerns as to whether the charity’s accounts provided to the commission present an accurate picture of the charity’s financial activities and whether assets currently, or previously, belonging to the charity have been adequately accounted for.
The inquiry will examine:
- the management and administration of the charity in particular its activities; its financial management, transactions and controls; and the nature and value of assets previously and currently held by the charity
- whether the trustees have properly exercised their legal duties and responsibilities under the charity law in the administration of the charity
- whether there has been any misconduct and/or mismanagement by the trustees and whether remedial regulatory action is necessary
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 are available on GOV.UK.
The charity’s details can be viewed on the commission’s online charity search tool.
Notes to editors
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- 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.