Share

Commission closes ten-year statutory inquiry into cancer charity

Charity Commission in Liverpool
News

Commission closes ten-year statutory inquiry into cancer charity

Finance | Tania Mason | 13 Nov 2012

The Charity Commission has finally published its inquiry report into the Cancer Care Foundation following a statutory inquiry which lasted more than ten years and cost just under £500,000 in interim manager’s fees.

The Commission described the case as “an unusually involved investigation, which comprised complex legal issues, litigation by concerned parties, the appointment of an interim manager, insolvency proceedings and new trustees being appointed to the charity”.

The Commission’s suspicions were aroused by the charity’s high fundraising costs and low levels of charitable expenditure. An earlier inquiry, which concluded in 1999, considered similar issues and the Commission and the charity had agreed some future targets for income, expenditure and donations to hospices. These targets were missed and because of the “significant and recurrent nature” of the concerns, the Commission opened a second inquiry on 22 August 2002.

Ian Oakley Smith and Adrian Stanway of PricewaterhouseCoopers were appointed as interim managers on 15 September 2003, to manage the affairs of the charity in place of its trustees.  Their total bill over nine years came to £494,064.

This inquiry examined whether Cancer Care Foundation’s acquisition of a subsidiary trading company, Caring Together, and the subsequent fundraising agreements were in the best interests of the charity. It found the trustees did not act in the best interests of the charity.

It also concluded that former trustees and members of their families received unauthorised benefits in breach of trust.
The interim managers told the Commission that they had found payments representing improper benefits totalling around £308,500 from 1999 to 2003 had been paid to current and former trustees and their families.

The Commission said its intervention secured the future of the charity and ensured its income was preserved for beneficiaries. It said: "The appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers as interim manager safeguarded donations, secured gift aid payments, and preserved a well-established income stream for when new trustees were appointed."

Since the appointment of new trustees in April 2009 the charity has donated just over £3.5m to several children’s hospices, the Commission added.

The full report into Cancer Care Foundation can be read here.

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.

Cancer Research UK's Race for Life tops list of mass particpation fundraising events

22 Jul 2016

Cancer Research’s Race for Life raised £52.8m last year making it the highest-earning mass participation...

Fundraising Regulator levy proposals ‘unfair’ on smaller organisations, say stakeholders

22 Jul 2016

Representatives of small and medium charities have said that the proposed levy disproportionately affects...

Big Lottery spending down more than £300m after large project delayed

20 Jul 2016

Big Lottery Fund grant-giving fell from over £900m to just under £600m in the year to March 2016, after...

NCVO launches the next stage of its programme to improve trust and confidence in charities

22 Jul 2016

NCVO is to launch a website explaining how charities work along with a communications toolkit for charities...

Bubb launches Charity Futures Programme

21 Jul 2016

Sir Stephen Bubb officially launched the Charity Futures Programme at an event at the Houses of Parliament...

Charity Commission opens inquiry into poverty relief organisation

21 Jul 2016

The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into a UK-based poverty relief charity that “does not appear...

Blockchain technology could ‘revolutionise’ charity regulation, says report

21 Jul 2016

Blockchain technology could eventually be used to carry out many of the functions of a traditional regulator,...

Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and Brooke use Pokemon Go to encourage fundraising

14 Jul 2016

Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and Brooke are among the charities to encourage fundraising...

Stop looking for a 'big bang' moment for digital transformation

4 Jul 2016

Charities should stop looking for a “big bang” moment in digital transformation and instead focus...

Join the discussion

 Twitter button

@CSFinance