Charities paying ‘excessive’ trustee expenses are some of the main concerns reported to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

The NI regulator has received a total of 284 concerns over the past three years, according to the report Latest lessons learned from concerns about charities.

The report stated that although such expenses may have been authorised, and in line with charity law, the collective impact of expenses viewed as unnecessary can create a perception that is detrimental to the charity’s reputation.

Amongst other concerns raised, the report also highlighted that there are examples of lack of clarity when trustees and their families are appointed as service providers.

Of the 284 concerns received by the regulator, 323 have now been concluded.

CEO of the Charity Commission Francis McCandless said “The majority of concerns we receive involve minor governance issues, easily put right with the correct advice or guidance from the Commission.”

Source: Civil Society