Trustees of Yate charity being investigated over wages resign

All the trustees of a South Gloucestershire charity which is the subject of an inquiry by the Charity Commission have resigned. The inquiry was opened after evidence was found of paying wages despite having no staff.

Earlier this year, the Charity Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the Shire Way Community Association, based in Yate, over concerns about misconduct and/or mismanagement. Since then, all of the trustees have resigned and the Commission has now appointed two interim managers.

The Shire Way Community Association aims to advance education and provide leisure and recreational facilities for the inhabitants of Sodbury, Yate and Westerleigh. The Charity Commission said: “The regulator opened a statutory inquiry into the charity in January 2022, over concerns about the trustees’ management of the charity’s resources and financial affairs.

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“All of the trustees have since resigned, leaving the charity unable to function. The Charity Commission has now appointed interim managers to the charity as part of its inquiry.

“Charles Turner and Paul Barber of Begbies Traynor were appointed as interim managers on July 18, 2022. Their responsibilities include securing the charity’s assets and reviewing its financial viability.

“The outcome of the financial viability assessment will inform their next steps, either implementing new governance arrangements or, if it is found to no longer be viable, winding the charity up. This may include engaging with external third parties with regard to future arrangements for the charity’s key property assets.

“The Commission’s inquiry into the charity continues. It is the Commission’s policy to publish an inquiry report upon its conclusion.”

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