Another day, another report of a charity making unauthorised payments to a trustee. 

Whilst the Commission has only just opened a statutory inquiry, I wonder whether we will see the issue of a second official warning in this case.

The first official warning issued by the Charity Commission is discussed in one of my earlier blogs (see: and in subsequent updates and unauthorised trustee payments was a factor in the Commission's decision to make use of the new powers it was granted in the Charities Act 2016.

If your charity makes payments to any of your trustees, now might be a sensible time to consider whether the necessary constitutional or other authority is in place.