£8.7m charity investigated for failing to file on time for five years

07 Sep 2017 News

Fergus Burnett

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into Jewish charity Chabad Lubavitch UK, which has filed its accounts at least 300 days late in four of the last five years, and failed to file at all since 2014.

The London-based charity had an income of almost £8.7m in 2014 - the last year it filed its accounts. Its objects are “the advancement and promotion of the Jewish religion and Jewish education”.

The charity has a single corporate trustee, Lubavitch UK (Ltd), which has three directors, all rabbis.

The Commission said the trustee “has demonstrated continuing evidence of mismanagement in the administration of the charity”.

The Commission said its investigation will look at:

  • The extent to which the charity is complying with its legal duties in respect of the administration, governance and management and in particular, the compliance with legal obligations for the preparation and filing of the charity’s accounting information
  • The extent to which the charity has complied with previously issued regulatory guidance

The Commission said it has issued an order under section 84 of the Charities Act 2011 directing the charity to submit the outstanding accounting information.

It has also “directed the charity to undertake a review, and implement changes to ensure that the charity fully complies with its legal obligations in the future for the preparation and submission of annual accounts and returns”.


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