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Morning Star House inquiry: update

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has appointed Deloitte NI Limited as interim manager of the charity Morning Star House (NIC101035) as a temporary and protective measure. This action has been taken on consideration of risk and on request from the charity trustees.

The Commission announced the opening of a statutory inquiry into Morning Star House on 21 June 2018. The inquiry relates to the governance and administration of the charity, with a focus on safeguarding.

The Commission is working with the charity’s trustees, who are taking steps to develop the governance of the charity in line with the Commission’s guidance.

The Commission’s appointment of Deloitte as interim manager in respect of the property and affairs of the charity is aimed at supporting the trustees to improve governance as soon as possible.

As a proportionate regulator, and so as to ensure that the investigation is fair, the Commission will not be making any further comment while the investigation is ongoing. In accordance with normal procedures, a report on the results of the inquiry may be published on the Commission’s website www.charitycommissionni.org.uk once the inquiry is completed.

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Notes for editors

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland.

The Commission has a statutory function, as detailed within section 8(2)3 of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 to identify and investigate apparent misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of charities, and to take remedial or protective action.

Section 22 of the Charities Act 2008 gives the Commission the power to institute inquiries, with the opening of an inquiry giving the commission access to a range of protective and remedial powers.