Concerns over charity’s payments to a third party spark commission inquiry


The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into a sanitation and healthcare charity that supports people in west Africa.

The regulator said today it had begun a probe into Water for Africa because of the charity’s failure to file its accounts and due to concerns about its financial controls.

The commission said it had identified concerns about the charity’s record-keeping and its use of funds, including payments to a third party and overseas payments.

The charity, which was registered in 2006, had an income of £353,000 in the year to the end of June 2020 but has failed to file any more recent accounts with the regulator.

The commission said the inquiry, which was opened last month (August), would examine issues including whether the charity’s trustees had been properly managing potential conflicts of interest and related-party transactions.

It will also look into the trustees’ plans for the charity’s future.

Nobody from the charity responded to a request for comment from Third Sector.

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