Regulator probes governance issue at Christian charity

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LadyKiwi
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Regulator probes governance issue at Christian charity

Post by LadyKiwi » Mon May 13, 2019 9:49 am

Regulator probes governance issue at Christian charity
13 May 2019 by Liam Kay


The Charity Commission won't elaborate on the issue at the Bible and Gospel Trust, which last year spent almost £280,000 on 'other' governance costs and paid more than half its staff £60,000-plus
A Christian charity that spent almost £280,000 on "other" governance costs and paid more than half of its staff above £60,000 a year is being looked into by the Charity Commission in relation to a separate governance issue, Third Sector has learned.

The Bible and Gospel Trust prints and publishes Christian literature by authors including John Nelson Darby, founder of the Plymouth Brethren in the 19th century, which practises a doctrine of separation from non-Brethren members.

The charity’s accounts for the year to 30 June 2018 show that governance costs accounted for £430,903 of the charity’s overall expenditure of £4.6m.
The previous year’s governance costs were £132,033, the accounts show.

They say that £279,603 of the £430,903 was attributed to "other governance costs".

The figures for "other governance costs" in the 2017 accounts were only £8,109.

The latest accounts say that other governance costs include the costs attributable to compliance with "constitutional and statutory requirements, including audit, strategic management and trustees' meetings and reimbursed expenses".

The accounts show that 14 of the charity’s 27 staff earned more than £60,000 in 2018, with the highest earner paid between £130,001 and £140,000.

In a statement from the trustees, the charity said the increase in other governance costs related to introducing two new systems for information security management and quality management, which it said would raise efficiency and reduce costs.

This included employing consultants to implement the new systems and to develop a range of new policies on topics such as an anti-corruption and bribery policy, conflicts of interests, financial controls and risk management.

The statement said that the changes had achieved major cost savings and were "a worthwhile investment in the best interests of BGT as a charity".

The charity declined to provide an explanation for the relatively large number of high salaries at the charity.

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Re: Regulator probes governance issue at Christian charity

Post by fisherman » Mon May 13, 2019 2:37 pm

Sounds just like a business...wait,no, that’s just what it is,right?( our church has no such expenses,we pay no salaries ...other than building maintenance we spend the bulk of it on supporting missions...)

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Re: Regulator probes governance issue at Christian charity

Post by Balaam's Ass » Wed May 15, 2019 5:41 am

I could be charitable enough to accept being paid between £130,001 and £140,000.

I wonder what that person does? Negotiate the supply of free sausages from Tescos?

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Re: Regulator probes governance issue at Christian charity

Post by fisherman » Wed May 15, 2019 5:47 am

brethren have certainly come a long way(down)from the Godly ,humble people I remember as a boy.W Bruce Hales would be proud to see the results of what he ‘set on’ in the 60’s and the influence he had in setting up the ‘System ‘ (that would be the ‘System’ that the brethren claimed to have ‘judgement’ of as ‘evil’ in 65,and yes,there are people ‘in fellowship’ that are alive and would remember that...some even taking part in condemning it...)guess it was just too good a plum to walk away from...strange though how people can so quickly forget...or try to...my guess is they wouldn’t be too eager to have their memory jogged, or talk about it ( ‘some things need to be understood’is the standard excuse if they get backed into a corner)

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