Charity Commission opens statutory inquiry into Masoom

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry into the charity Masoom (registered charity number 1124976). The inquiry was opened on 30 July 2015.

The charityís objects include providing relief and assistance to people in any part of the world who are the victims of war, natural disaster, trouble or catastrophe. The charity has operated in Pakistan, Syria and Gaza.

The inquiry was opened after a compliance visit and inspection to the charity in May 2015 identified that the trustees were unable to provide records to evidence expenditure of over £129,000. The funds were spent overseas during a period of 2 years between 2013 and 2015. The concerns were so serious that the commission immediately exercised its legal powers to direct under section 84 of the Charities Act 2011 the trustees to undertake specific action in respect of this and to address other regulatory concerns identified from the visit. These include concerns around due diligence and the monitoring of partners.

The substantive investigation was closed on 18 August 2015 after the direction was made.

The commission will be monitoring compliance with the direction and the trustees are required to report back to the regulator early next year as to the progress they have made. The commission will then consider what, if any, further regulatory action is required.

It is the commissionís policy, after it has concluded an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries by the commission are available on GOV.UK. In this case, the inquiry report will be published after the commission has completed a follow up inspection visit in early 2016.

The charityís details can be viewed on the commissionís online charity search tool.