The Charity Commission

Watchdog investigation into charity Humanity Torbay

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

An investigation into a south Devon homeless charity is being carried out by a watchdog over concerns about its management and administration.

The Charity Commission said it had launched a statutory inquiry into Humanity Torbay in June "over serious concerns about the trustees’ oversight and management of the charity".

The charity, created in 2017, said its aim was to provide "drop-in sessions and appointments for people to obtain advice, food and food bank referrals, and clothes".

However, the regulator said it had to engage with the trustees "on several occasions in the past year" after some posts on the charity’s social media did not appear to comply with the commission’s guidance on campaigning and political activity, saying trustees needed to "ensure personal political views are kept separate from the charity"

It said charities could undertake political activity and campaigning "if it furthers or supports their purpose, but such activity must never be party political and a charity must stress its independence at all times".

The commission also said an inquiry was not a finding of wrongdoing.

Humanity Torbay has been contacted by the BBC.

Humanity Torbay collection box