Share

Galloway charity blames Charity Commission for its late accounts

Galloway charity blames Charity Commission for its late accounts
News

Galloway charity blames Charity Commission for its late accounts

Governance | Vibeka Mair | 18 Apr 2012

Viva Palestina, the charity founded by recently-elected MP George Galloway in 2009, has never submitted financial accounts to the Charity Commission, and is nearly a year overdue in providing required financial information to the regulator.

The charity’s director, Kevin Ovendon, says the Charity Commission is to blame for its delay in submitting accounts, and has complained that its entry on the Charity Commission website is misleading.

Viva Palestina, which supports people in Palestine, was formed in 2009 after the Charity Commission told Galloway that a fundraising appeal for aid in Gaza he was running had to be registered as a charity. At the time, the Charity Commission also opened an inquiry into the appeal following concerns over the financial governance of £1m it had raised. It was cleared of having links to the ruling party in Gaza, Hamas, but was criticised for its governance.

In a statement this week, the Charity Commission has said it has written to the trustees of Viva Palestina to tell them that their accounts are overdue.

However, Kevin Ovendon, the charity’s director, has told civilsociety.co.uk, that the Charity Commission is to blame for its delay in submitting its accounts and has accused the regulator of being “very unhelpful”.

“The reason for the delay is that for nearly a year the Charity Commission held all the books and records of Viva Palestina and during that time it was not possible to submit our documents to our accountant,” he said.

“We got all our documentation back in August of last year and it has taken time to go through all the backlog with our accountant. We are hoping to submit accounts with the Charity Commission very soon.”

Ovendon added that the charity had pointed out the reasons for the delay in submitting its accounts with the Charity Commission, and had asked them to make note of this on its entry on the Charity Commission website.

“There is the implication on the website that Viva Palestina is not submitting accounts. The Charity Commission has not done anything about this. It’s not very helpful.”

George Galloway no longer has formal connections to Viva Palestina, but Ovendon says he often speaks at fundraising events on behalf of the charity.

Galloway accused the Charity Commission of political bias when it launched its inquiry into Viva Palestina three years ago.

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Almost £20m raised through JustGiving for London Marathon

27 Apr 2015

Runners in yesterday's London Marathon have so far raised nearly £20m through JustGiving, the fundraising...

DEC launches appeal and government gives £5m to Nepal earthquake relief

27 Apr 2015

The government will give £2m to the British Red Cross and make another £3m available for charities and...

Philanthropist donates himself off the list of Britain's wealthiest people

27 Apr 2015

Richard Ross, chair of the Rosetrees Trust, donated 23 per cent of his wealth to charity in 2015, reducing...

CSV changes name to Volunteering Matters

27 Apr 2015

Community Service Volunteers has changed its name to Volunteering Matters and is placing more emphasis...

Macmillan and Marie Curie among charity coalition warning about 1.4m hospital deaths

27 Apr 2015

Seven of the UK's largest health charities have called for the next government to provide funding for...

National Union of Students protest billboards removed by Network Rail for being 'too political'

24 Apr 2015

Advertising billboards set up by the National Union of Students in London Victoria, Sheffield Central...

Charities 'need a complete culture change' for digital transformation, says report

24 Apr 2015

Digital teams need to develop better relationships with colleagues in IT and elsewhere in the organisation...

Comic Relief launches grants programme for digital projects

24 Apr 2015

Comic Relief has launched Tech for Good, a new grants programme to help charities run digital projects...

A third of Britons donate to charity by text message, reveals survey

23 Apr 2015

Over 30 per cent of Britons donate to charity by text message and 61 per cent now donate through online...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance