Phil Groom writes:
Charity Commission Direct
PO Box 1227, Liverpool L69 3UG
t: 020 7674 2492
f: 020 7674 2301
Our Ref: WTF 1119839/685451 C & S Ldn
Date: 13 November 2008
Dear Mr Groom
St Stephen the Great Charitable Trust (the Trust) and St Stephen the Great (The Company) (1119839)
Thank you for your email dated the 27 October about the above charities. I confirm that concerns have already been raised with the Commission relating to governance and internal financial controls at the Trust and the Company.
We have therefore contacted the trustees to clarify the situation with regard to some of the points raised. On the basis both of the initial concerns raised with the Commission and of the information provided by the charity in response, on 26 September 2008 we opened a formal inquiry under section 8 of the Charities Act 1993.
Because this inquiry remains open and ongoing I will not be in a position to go into further detail at this time, but we would normally look to make a report available once the inquiry was concluded.
Nevertheless, I have noted your concerns but would like to mention that some of these fall outside the remit of the Commission.
Any concerns regarding gift aid should be referred to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs which is the organisation with the necessary expertise to deal with such matters. Furthermore, the Commission cannot get involved in employment matters.
I hope the above is clear.
William Thomas Fahey
Section 8 of the Charities Act 1993 legislates for the Commissioner’s Information Powers: General power to institute inquiries.