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Regulator satisfied with Donegal charity after inspection last month

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Regulator satisfied with Donegal charity after inspection last month

The new Good and New cancer bus, at its launch in Letterkenny last year

The Charities Regulator has  confirmed that it is satisfied, following an inspection last month of the Donegal-based charity Good and New Shop that the charity has implemented the necessary course of action, as advised by the Regulator earlier this year.

In February, the Regulator imposed an intermediate sanction on the charity after finding that the charity had contravened section 47 of the
Charities Act 2009 by failing in its duty to keep proper books of account.

The notice set out the proposed imposition of an intermediate sanction, as well as  the requirement for the charity to rectify the contravention within a specified timeframe, and to adopt an advised course of action to ensure  that the contravention concerned would not occur again.

The notice set out the proposed imposition of an intermediate sanction,
being the publication of the contravention on the website of the Charities
Regulator.

The notice also set out the requirement for the charity to
rectify the contravention within a specified timeframe, and the requirement
to adopt the following course of action for the purposes of ensuring that
the contravention concerned would not occur again:

   -    Introduce formal documented procedures for maintaining adequate
      accounting records;

   -    Assign the task of keeping proper books of account to a person(s)
      with the appropriate skills and experience;

   -    With regard to financial reporting:

      · Introduce regular financial reporting detailing the income and
         expenditure (including the nature of that income and expenditure)
         and the assets and liabilities of the charity, and

      · Ensure all financial reports are scrutinised by the charity
         trustees under a standing agenda item – ‘financial performance and
         position of the charity’ as part of all trustee meetings.

On February 12, 2018 the charity accepted the imposition of an intermediate sanction under section 73 of the Act, and undertook to rectify the contravention and adopt the course of action specified in the notice.

On 28 June 2018, the Charities Regulator carried out an inspection of the
charity to determine if the charity had rectified the contravention and
adopted the course of action set out in the Notice.

The Charities Regulator is satisfied that the charity has rectified the
contravention referred to in the notice within the specified timeframe and
has adopted the course of action set out in the notice.