Where we take enforcement action

We take enforcement action against charities in a variety of ways. This includes regulatory action taken during investigations and our other regulatory work into individual charities

Results of enforcement action

Results are published inĀ our published Inquiry and Regulatory Case Reports. You can also see when you look up a charity on the Register of Charities whether an Inquiry Report or Regulatory Case Report has been published about the charity in the last 6 months.

Our priority is to ensure that trustees meet their legal requirements and obligations. Where there has been abuse or non compliance, we may require corrective action to be taken by the trustees, including directing them to take action or certain actions.

We may undertake checks to ensure the requested actions have been taken. In some cases the regulatory outcome may include agreeing an action plan for a charity and following this up to ensure that this has been implemented. When we have opened an investigation we may use our temporary and/ or permanent powers of protection.

These powers include (amongst others)

  • restricting the transactions that a charity may enter into
  • appointing additional trustees
  • 'freezing' a charity's bank account
  • suspending or removing a trustee
  • appointing an Interim Manager.

You can see how many and which powers we have exercised each year in our Charities Back on Track reports:

Tackling abuse and mismanagement - reports of the Commission's investigations and compliance case work Our annual report 'Tackling abuse and mismanagement' contains real case studies of our investigations in the last financial year.

Appointing interim managers

You can find out what action we have taken in using our powers to appoint interim managers to charities and the value of the assets safeguarded or protected as a result of this regulatory action.

You can use the advanced charity search to see which charities in your area are in default of the submission of their annual accounts and returns. You can also use the search tool to see if a particular charity is in default or not.

Charities that fail to provide evidence of their activity and existence by submitting accounts, annual returns or annual updates may be referred for enforcement action or removed from the register of charities.

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