Sheffield charity faces inquiry over delay in submitting annual accounts

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A statutory inquiry has been launched into a Sheffield charity for repeatedly defaulting on submitting information about its annual accounts.

The Charity Commission has announced it is investigating Sheffield Reclamation, which is also known as Reclaim.

The organisation provides support to people with learning difficulties. The project also sorts plastics, cans and textiles for recycling and covers South Yorkshire, North East Derbyshire and the East Midlands.

The inquiry follows the charity failing to submit its annual accounts and returns for the 2013/14 financial year, which were due to be filed by January 31 this year.

The trustees of the charity have until April 22 to prepare and submit the missing information, along with an explanation of why it was not provided on time.

This will be considered before further enforcement action by the regulator is considered.

The charity was previously part of the commission’s wider inquiry into charities that have defaulted on two or more occasions on their legal obligations to submit annual accounting information to the regulator.

In May 2014, the charity was removed from that inquiry because it had submitted the outstanding accounts from 2009 to 2013.

A spokesman for the Charity Commission said: “The purpose of an inquiry is to examine issues in detail and investigate and establish the facts so that the regulator can ascertain whether there has been misconduct and mismanagement; establish the extent of the risk to the charity’s property, beneficiaries or work; decide what action needs to be taken to resolve the serious concerns, if necessary using its investigative, protective and remedial powers to do so.”

After the inquiry is finished, a report will be published on what the outcome has been. No one from Sheffield Reclamation could be reached for comment.