Blackburn accountant fined after charging charity for work

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A CHARITY treasurer has been fined £3,000 for charging the organisation for trustee duties.

Alan Rowntree, who is a partner at Beever and Struthers accountancy firm, in Blackburn, charged the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust £35,342 between 2002 and 2009 for the work, which is against Charity Commission guidance.

He also admitted he failed to to follow the Charity Commission advice in relation to safeguarding against a potential conflict of interest arising from acting as a trustee of the Trust while also providing professional services.

The Brian Mercer Charitable Trust gives grants to organisations including the British Liver Trust, Sightsavers International and the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

Documents on its website show it has made a donation of £25,000 to Blackburn Youth Zone and has recently given £10,000 to the East Lancashire Hospice.

It offers £50,000 a year to Eyesight, which does research into age-related macular degeneration, and £42,000 to the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Mr Rowntree was also reprimanded by the The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and told to pay £2,809 in costs.

A spokesman for the Charity’s Commission said: “We received complaints about trustee payments and conflicts of interest within the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust.

“We gave the trustees advice about the power to pay trustees, their duties regarding decision making and their responsibility to recover payments if they have been made in breach of trust.

“We decided not to take any further action than this because there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the trustees had acted outside of their discretionary powers.

“We will only intervene in cases where there is clear evidence of serious misconduct or mismanagement.”

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6:19pm Sat 7 Jun 14

pwitch says...

Absolutely atrocious. should have to pay back more than the charges stated. No wonder people don't trust these accountancy firms or the charities they give money to either - just lining somebodies pockets in a lot of cases. Very sad.
Absolutely atrocious. should have to pay back more than the charges stated. No wonder people don't trust these accountancy firms or the charities they give money to either - just lining somebodies pockets in a lot of cases. Very sad. pwitch
  • Score: 66

11:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

It really does make me laugh, that when trustees are running the charity well than soon as there is something deemed wrong the so called trustees shift the responsibilities.
Charity commission , if you haven't strong evidence than don't make the allegation as this can be seen as "abuse" of the individual.
It really does make me laugh, that when trustees are running the charity well than soon as there is something deemed wrong the so called trustees shift the responsibilities. Charity commission , if you haven't strong evidence than don't make the allegation as this can be seen as "abuse" of the individual. glossopkid
  • Score: 57

11:31am Sun 8 Jun 14

wilddog says...

you telling me that this person was the only one doing this? How much money is "lost" before it is given out?
you telling me that this person was the only one doing this? How much money is "lost" before it is given out? wilddog
  • Score: 58

6:27am Mon 9 Jun 14

Ronnietate says...

There is more money to be made working for the so called "non profit organizations" than in a regular job. Very immoral indeed!
There is more money to be made working for the so called "non profit organizations" than in a regular job. Very immoral indeed! Ronnietate
  • Score: 42

6:39am Mon 9 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

Ronnietate wrote:
There is more money to be made working for the so called "non profit organizations" than in a regular job. Very immoral indeed!
Jobs in charities are usually lower paid than the same jobs in the public or private sector.
[quote][p][bold]Ronnietate[/bold] wrote: There is more money to be made working for the so called "non profit organizations" than in a regular job. Very immoral indeed![/p][/quote]Jobs in charities are usually lower paid than the same jobs in the public or private sector. Excluded again
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9:11pm Mon 9 Jun 14

glossopkid says...

Excluded again wrote:
Ronnietate wrote:
There is more money to be made working for the so called "non profit organizations" than in a regular job. Very immoral indeed!
Jobs in charities are usually lower paid than the same jobs in the public or private sector.
I quite agree and the responsibility of funds remain with the trustees.
Charity commission is also as bad as some trustees.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronnietate[/bold] wrote: There is more money to be made working for the so called "non profit organizations" than in a regular job. Very immoral indeed![/p][/quote]Jobs in charities are usually lower paid than the same jobs in the public or private sector.[/p][/quote]I quite agree and the responsibility of funds remain with the trustees. Charity commission is also as bad as some trustees. glossopkid
  • Score: 25

6:32pm Tue 10 Jun 14

tajmahalovertheoldmarket says...

Pondlife
Pondlife tajmahalovertheoldmarket
  • Score: 15

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