Belfast Telegraph

Charity watchdog's 200 probes since 2011

By Amanda Ferguson

Northern Ireland's charity regulator has conducted 200 investigations since it began probing alleged mismanagement and misconduct in 2011, a report reveals.

Tom McGrath, chief charity commissioner, said issues range from possible conflicts of interest and issues around transparency to queries around membership, fundraising and how to close a charity.

"We have found that most concerns can be resolved through self-regulation in the first instance, with the commission providing best practice guidance or advice to the charity and, if necessary, monitoring the situation to ensure it is resolved," he said.

"As far as we can see, charities across Northern Ireland are doing a great job. Most are run well and are providing real benefits to their local community and to society."

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