The Wheel welcomes commencement of Charity Regulator's investigative powers

The Wheel has welcomed the commencement of Part 4 of the Charities Act 2009. Part 4 gives investigative and protective powers to the Charities Regulator.

Commenting on the announcement, Ivan Cooper Director of Advocacy at The Wheel said:  “Credible regulation depends on the Charity Regulator’s ability to conduct investigations as and when required. The commencement of Part 4 will further underpin the robustness of the regulatory regime and protect both the public and charities.”

The Regulator's new powers includes the capability to impose sanctions if a charity breaches certain obligations such as the requirement to keep proper accounts or to submit its annual report. The Charities Regulator may also now apply to the High Court to suspend or remove charity trustees or staff members and prohibit the removal or sale of charity property if it satisfies the High Court that:

• charity property is being misused;

• a charity trustee or staff member has engaged in misconduct or mismanagement of a charity’s affairs; or

• the provisions of the Act are not being adhered to.