Charity Commission Investigates Africa Relief Trust


A statutory inquiry into Africa Relief Trust has been opened by the Charity Commission to assess whether the charity's trustees have properly discharged their trustee duties.

The charity was the subject of a regulatory compliance case in September 2011 after concerns were raised about its business rates relief arrangements. During the case the Commission became increasingly concerned about the risks to the charity's assets and about the trustees' failure to provide comprehensive information. At the same time, two recent court judgments have found that two registered charities were not making sufficient use of their premises for charitable purposes to qualify for business rates relief. The Commission subsequently issued a statement to all charities to highlight the risks associated with business rates relief and has now opened its statutory inquiry...

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