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PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

into the work of the Charity Commission

The former Trustees of jole rider are delighted to announce that a Parliamentary inquiry is taking place into the Charity Commission.

We
 were invited, along with others, to submit evidence to the DCMS Parliamentary Select Committee, which oversees the Commission.

Our initial opening evidence has now been published along with other high profiled contributors on the Parliamentary website.  

Use the link to read our submission under the reference: CHA0020.

Further and detailed evidence will be submitted when called for.

The Charity Commission Chair, Baroness Stowell and the Charity Commission CEO, Helen Stephenson, will have to answer questions from MPs about the Commission's investigations and practices.

The Commission's 
strategy, track record and performance will also be examined by the MPs.

We welcome this Inquiry into the Charity Commission, given the catastrophic effect of the Commission's unchecked failings and errant practices - witnessed at first hand through our dealings with case officers, in particular Janet Mernane and the Commission's CEO, Helen Stephenson. These failings have affected not only jole rider - the Charity set up to help young Africans gain an education they so richly deserve and crave - but also a number of other splendid UK based charities, their Trustees and their beneficiaries. 

We look forward to the Inquiry's findings later this year and justice being achieved by all those affected by the inadequate behaviour of a regulator which has, for so long, lost its way.

We, as former Trustees, did not consciously look for the challenge endured.  We are however proud to spearhead this initiative for the exposure and overdue needed change in how charities are administered in the UK by a failing Charity Commission.

Authors: Helen King and David Swettenham

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