Commission investigates charity over concerns it was used for private benefit
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Commission investigates charity over concerns it was used for private benefit

29 Jul 2014 | Jenna Pudelek

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into grant-giver the Catalyst Trust over concerns about more than £60,000 of “unexplained transactions” and whether the charity has been used for private benefits.

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