fbpx

Charity Commission opens inquiry into Galloway charity

Viva Palestina, a charity founded by MP George Galloway in 2009, is the subject of a new statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission.

The charity, which supports people in Palestine, has never filed financial accounts to the Charity Commission.

Viva Palestina was formed in 2009 after the Charity Commission told Galloway that a fundraising appeal for aid in Gaza he was running had to be registered as a charity. At the time, the Charity Commission also opened an inquiry into the Mariam Appeal following concerns over the financial governance of £1m it had raised. It was cleared of having links to the ruling party in Gaza, Hamas, but was criticised for its governance.

In a statement to civilsociety.co.uk, the Charity Commission said it has opened a statutory inquiry into Viva Palestina, and one of the regulatory issues to be examined by the inquiry is its overdue accounts. Viva Palestina is nearly 900 days overdue in filing accounts with the Charity Commission since 2010.


Read more: http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/15800