Misuse of Charity Money

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Ian McKay
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Misuse of Charity Money

Post by Ian McKay » Tue May 22, 2018 9:21 pm

The UK Charity Commission does not like it when charity money is spent on lawyers writing aggressive letters in an attempt to silence bad publicity. MPs don’t like it either.

The Save the Children charity was accused today of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” media reporting of sexual harassment cases involving senior staff.

Sir Alan Parker, ex-chairman of the charity, was questioned by MPs on the international development select committee about the handling of investigations into claims against the former senior executives Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox.

The Charity Commission is investigating the handling of cases in 2012 and 2015 and the organisation has stopped bidding for funds from the Department for International Development pending the outcome of the inquiry.

Sir Alan was asked why Save The Children had hired the City law firm Harbottle & Lewis to send “aggressive” letters to media organisations covering the issues. The Times is one of several to have received a letter this year.

The Tory MP Pauline Latham asked Sir Alan why the charity had spent money donated by the public to hire lawyers to challenge the media.

See the full news article at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -r3bpl9fm7

twotimothytwo
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Re: Misuse of Charity Money

Post by twotimothytwo » Fri May 03, 2019 7:54 pm

If I was the Charity Commission, I'd be asking the Bible and Gospel Trust about the £279,603 they spent on 'other governance costs'.

£66,617 was already spent on 'Legal fees'.

http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Ac ... 30_E_C.PDF

The Questioner
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Re: Misuse of Charity Money

Post by The Questioner » Wed May 08, 2019 4:29 pm

The last sentence of this paragraph under Public Benefit is interesting:
The trustees support the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit and consider each year how the Charity meets the public benefit requirement set out in the Charities Act 2011, having regard to the Charity Commission's statutory guidance on the operation of that requirement which includes ensuring that the Charity’s purposes provide benefit, and that it manages risks of detriment or harm to the Charity's beneficiaries or to the public in general from carrying out the purposes. They are satisfied that the activities of Bible and Gospel Trust are undertaken to further its charitable purposes for the public benefit and this is addressed by the overview of the Charity's achievements set out under the section below entitled "Objectives and activities". In particular, the trustees feel that the moral and ethical teachings contained in the Bible and other Christian literature distributed by the Charity have a beneficial impact on the wider community, leading to a betterment of society generally, and that such literature gives comfort and encouragement to persons longing for peace and settlement and provides a benefit that is eternal and far greater than what this world can offer. This is supported by the messages of appreciation that the Charity receives from those who receive Christian literature that it publishes. The increase of various initiatives to make Christian publications more widely available to a broader spectrum of the public worldwide is in line with the Objects and the aim of the Charity.

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