Charity Commission Investigation
It is now four months since the Charity Commission began their investigation of the Revelation Foundation and I write to give you an update of how it is progressing.
Sadly there is a lack of information to give to you! After the initial flurry of activity, the Charity Commission have in the last four months only met for one to one ‘two hour’ meetings with four of the trustees of the Foundation. The next meetings are planned with Lorna and myself on the 27th January in Surbiton. They describe these meetings as fact finding and from our point of view, they resolve nothing.
Many of you wrote to the Charity Commission expressing your horror at the news of the investigation. Thank you for doing so. To all of you, the Charity Commission replied with a standard letter that included the statement,
‘As the Commission’s Public Statement states complaints were received from members of the public alleging the charity was being used for private advantage. As a result of these allegations, the Commission subsequently scrutinised the charity’s accounts and identified regulatory concerns which include potential significant loss of charitable funds, trustee benefits, conflicts of interest and connected party transactions. These concerns are primarily in relation to the production and broadcasting of television programmes from Spain as well as the trustees’ decisions to transfer significant charitable assets and funds from the UK to Spain.’
Our lawyer has advised us that this wording is ‘only repeating what was in the Charity Commission’s original press release, so there is nothing new there’.
We want to clarify that they have not examined the charity’s books and records. The only thing they did before the investigation began was look at the public audited accounts of the Revelation Foundation, which are filed with the Charity Commission and Companies House every year. They have now written to say that they would like to examine the Revelation Foundation’s books, bank statements, invoices etc, at our accountant’s offices in February. We are disappointed that it has taken five months to do what one would assume should have been the first action that they took!
We do believe that we are in a spiritual battle. Certainly the enemy is using the investigation to cause us to have a great deal of time taken away from ‘Kingdom business.’ Please keep praying