Regulator investigates ‘financial concerns’ at aid charity

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into international aid charity Quba Trust.

The move follows a year of engagement between the regulator and the charity, which supports people impacted by disasters and to promote Islam, last year amid concerns around its finances.

This centers on whether the trustees can show that payments made to “connected persons” are in line with the charity’s governing document and were managed effectively.

Following these talks “the Commission has escalated its engagement with the charity to a statutory inquiry”.

This will look at whether misconduct or mismanagement has taken place, conflicts of interest are being effectively tackled and its financial controls.

The charity’s partnerships in the UK and overseas will also be looked at.

According to the Charity Register Quba Trust is up to date with its financial reporting. Its latest accounts, for the year ending 24 January 2021 show it had an income of £329,605 and spending of £230,376. It has two trustees and three volunteers registered and no staff receiving more than £60,000.

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