The Charity Commission for England and Wales is to investigate charities with pension deficits as part of its pledge to take a ‘tougher stance’ on non-compliance issues.

In its annual report on investigations and compliance work, Tackling abuse and mismanagement the Commission said that it was increasing the number of charities accounts that it would review to over 6 per cent of the Register.

The Commission has faced criticism from MPs for not making full use of its powers to regulate the charity sector.

CEO of the Charity Commission said; “By taking a tougher approach to non-compliance in charities and using our powers more frequently in cases which are the most serious, we can protect charity funds at risk and ensure we are better able to identify and deal with individuals who negligently or deliberately abuse charities, making them accountable to the regulator and in turn the public for their wrongdoing.”