The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a Birmingham-based charity over serious financial concerns.

The regulator officially launched the investigation into Jamia Alfurqan Limited (1157121) in February 2019 after concerns were raised by West Midlands Police. On the same day the Commission opened a formal statutory inquiry which is examining:

  • whether the trustees have properly exercised their legal duties and responsibilities under charity law in the administration of the charity
  • the financial management of the charity
  • the trustees’ conduct, including whether there has been private benefit to the trustees
  • whether the charity is operating for the public benefit and its income is applied solely on activities which further its charitable purposes.

According to the Charity Commission’s website “Jamia Alfurqan Ltd concentrates its efforts on charitable purposes, the area of religious activities and education and training. It tries to support children and youth, the elderly, the elderly people. It provides aid to these agents by the means of providing advocacy and counselling services, providing specific services and providing open spaces, buildings and facilities.”

A spokesperson for the commission said: “The Commission is liaising closely with the police and has also exercised its power to prohibit trustees from making certain transactions without prior consent from the Commission.

“After the Commission’s inquiry was opened, the trustees of the charity resigned. A new board of trustees has been appointed.

“It is the Commission’s policy, after it has concluded an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries by the Commission are available on GOV.UK.”